Mark Lawrenson praises England preparations

Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011
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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson praises England's World Cup preparations.

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has praised the England side for their World Cup preparations.

The Three Lions recently returned from a five-day warm-weather training camp, and they meet Peru this Friday before flying out to Miami for friendlies with Ecuador and Honduras on June 7 and 10 respectively.

Writing in his column for The Mirror, Lawrenson claimed that the squad's work so far has been exemplary.

He said: "Whisper it quietly, but everything is falling into place nicely for England ahead of the World Cup.

"And I was pleased to see Steven Gerrard joining the pundits' union at the Champions League final – a positive sign that England psychiatrist Steve Peters is making his presence felt in a positive way. Why should the England captain hide himself away for a month before the World Cup?

"It's a sign that Roy Hodgson has cultivated a sensible, relaxed atmosphere within the camp where Fabio Capello managed to run a five-star boot camp in 2010. There is no hint of any cliques, no battle for supremacy between players who believe one is more deserving of the captaincy than the other, no sniping about the manager's tactics."

Meanwhile, a recent report has claimed that Hodgson will start with Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge in all three of his friendly games.

Daniel Sturridge of England celebrates with Wayne Rooney of England after scoring from penalty spot during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on October 11, 2013
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