Gareth Barry feels England are reaping the benefits of having a settled midfield combination and is relishing the deeper role he plays on the international stage compared to club level.
Barry and Frank Lampard are working up an understanding as the central duo while Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney are interchanging effectively with one of them filling in the 'hole' as the second striker. Manchester City's new £12 million capture is aware England will have sterner tests ahead than the 4-0 win over Kazakhstan in Almaty yesterday which took them closer to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
However, the former Aston Villa player, who scored his first competitive goal for his country, is taking encouragement from how things are starting to gel and England's ability to win when not firing on all cylinders. Barry said: "The more we do play together, that midfield, the more we are going to get used to the role.
"Steven and Wayne are mixing in and out, they are linking up well, and myself and Frank are working as a two in the middle, so the more we keep playing together the better. We know there are tougher games ahead but we are going to learn from each other.
International football is slightly different to the Premier League and that deeper role probably does suit me a little bit more.
"Does my role suit my game? I think so. International football is slightly different to the Premier League and that deeper role probably does suit me a little bit more. They are always tough games, so you don't get as much space as you like, but the second half against Kazakhstan opened up and gave me a bit more.
"When you are winning games, you do gain confidence and you do become settled. It is all about keeping the run going throughout the campaign and taking it from there."
Barry put the seal on a hectic week in which he ended his 12-year spell at Aston Villa and made the move to Eastlands. The only downside was collecting a second yellow card of the campaign, which rules him out of Wednesday's clash with Andorra at Wembley.
Barry said: "It was nice to finish off the season with a goal. I was disappointed to get a second booking so I'll miss Wednesday but to finish my summer with a goal and three points, is a good way to finish. The start was everything we expected. We knew it would be 100-miles-an-hour, with them making it difficult. They had a lot of possession. We had a couple of scary moments but the first goal settled us down a bit.
"For myself, it has been a different week but once all that was done (the transfer) my mind was focused on the England game and that was the most important thing this week. Once everything was sorted, it was a case of being professional and getting the job done. My mind was focused fully on that for four days before the game."