The Peruvian national soccer team has arrived in London for their Friday faceoff with their English counterparts.
According to the Daily Mail, Peru and England haven’t played against one another since 1962, largely due to the fact that Peruvian football hasn’t fared particularly well internationally since the early 1980s.
The Daily Mail reports that England selected Peru for a pre-World Cup friendly because of Peru’s supposed similarity to Uruguay, who the English are set to play early in the tournament in Brazil.
Peruvians aren’t too optimistic about their team’s chances against the English: a survey by El Comercio revealed that only 13% of Lima residents believe Peru will win.
Peruvian stars Claudio Pizarro, Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero, and Juan Manuel Vargas will not be appearing at the match, which may explain why many fans view a Peruvian victory with skepticism.
The Daily Mail reports that Peru will be counting on some solid younger players to make up for their more well-known countrymen’s absence.
The match will take place on Friday, May 30, at 2:00 PM Peruvian time. The team will play another friendly match against Switzerland on Tuesday, June 3 in the city of Lucerne. The two national teams will face off in London’s Wembley Stadium.