England boss Roy Hodgson still undecided on his best XI

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) chats with England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) chats with England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard
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England boss Roy Hodgson has no injury concerns ahead of Friday’s friendly clash with Peru, although full-back Luke Shaw is a doubt due to a cold.

The Three Lions face the Peruvians at Wembley in the first of three fixtures they will contest as part of their preparation for the World Cup.

Hodgson said: “We have no injury concerns, although unfortunately, yesterday Luke Shaw developed a slight cold.

“We are very cautious, so he travelled down separately and didn’t train today. I couldn’t tell you at this moment in time if he will recover (for the Peru game), but it is a very minor issue that will quickly go over.”

After this game, England fly to the United States to take on Ecuador and Honduras before their World Cup campaign begins with a clash against Italy on June 14.

Hodgson admits his focus on things further ahead means the Peru game “seems to have come out of nowhere”.

Even so, he insists he is still very much unsure about what his starting line-up will be for the Italy match, and also stressed England will be taking the Peru encounter seriously.

Asked how near he felt he was to knowing his first XI for the Italy match, Hodgson added: “Not that near, simply because the performances of the players in training have been so good and there are so many that are obviously keen to stake their claim that I have to admit it is not going to be an easy choice - that is how it should be and how I expect it to be.

“There are a number of senior players who will undoubtedly feature, but there are a lot of positions around those senior players that are up for grabs and at the moment everyone is doing their best to grab them. I would defy anyone to second-guess my first XI at the moment.”

On the Peru match, he said: “This game is a little bit strange.

“We have done so much focusing on so many things we wanted to establish for when we go to Miami next week and the real countdown for our matches in Brazil begins, that this game suddenly seems to have come out of nowhere.

“When you are normally with England, you spend all of your time preparing for the opponent, you talk a lot about them and how you are going to play against them.

“I must admit that on this occasion our work has been much more focused on June 14, but it is a game we are looking forward to and certainly one we are going to take very seriously. We are desperate to leave England having left behind a good impression for our fans.”