Three Lions, three questions
England looked impressive in midfield during their 2-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday evening and following the game FIFA.com caught up with skipper Steven Gerrard, holding midfielder Gareth Barry and right winger David Bentley.
While Barry protected the defence, Man of the Match Gerrard was given licence to roam forward along with Jermaine Jenas, while Bentley was at the heart of the team's best moves with his accurate passing from wide positions.
These Three Lions, who were among England's best players at Wembley Stadium, were posed three questions each by the world's football website and you can read their responses below.
FIFA.com: Steven, how did it feel for you to lead the team
Steven Gerrard: When the manager named me as his captain in front of the squad a couple of days ago, it gave me a real boost. We'll have to wait long-term to find out what his idea is for the captaincy, but I was proud to lead the side out tonight.
What did you think about the team's overall standard of
I think we've has got a lot of improving to do. Personally, there were some positives, in that there were some very decent performances, but the manager has told us that we still need to take a lot of steps before we reach the level we all want to achieve. We're really impressed with the manager and his ideas and methods, but it is going to take time for us to adapt to his way of thinking.
The new tactics seemed to work well. How did you find
I think it's important that we don't get carried away or raise our expectations, it is only early days. The manager asked the midfielders to support the striker - and I felt that the two goals came from that. It was a different system for a lot of players tonight and I think that we need a few games more to judge properly how effective it is.
FIFA.com: Gareth, it seemed like you and the boys exorcised
a few ghosts tonight.
Gareth Barry: It was great to get a victory. Hopefully that's put the Croatia game behind us - and hopefully this is the start of a new era. It's been good to move on. It's been an interesting week, getting to know the manager and the manager getting to know us. I think he's learned a lot from us over the past few days - and we've learned a lot from him.
How well was Fabio Capello able to communicate with the
players this evening?
During the game Fabio was the one giving the instructions - and he's making his point extremely well. He asked me to be a holding midfielder, a slightly different position to what I've been used to playing in for England, but I enjoyed it. Hopefully, I can learn from the game tonight and take it on to the next game against France.
What did you think of the team's overall
We were disappointed to concede the goal, but as the game went on, we grew in confidence. Credit to Switzerland, they stopped us from playing early on, but that's international football - we were expecting them to come and do that, especially when they travel away from home. It's important that we can break teams down.
FIFA.com: David, what are the implications of that
David Bentley: We've laid the foundations now, but every player has to grow, to improve - and we have to do the same as a team. I'm looking forward to seeing us grow together under the new manager and see where he takes us.
It was your first start for England. Did you feel any
It's was a great opportunity for me and I was determined to take it. There are so many good players in England, you have to wait until your time comes. I'm improving as a player, I know that, but hopefully I can get a run in the team.
You share the same initials as David Beckham, you play in
the same position - and now you have inherited his squad number. Do
you see similarities between you?
I admire David Beckham, I grew up watching him and he's a legend in English football, but I'm myself. I'm just starting out on my England career, but I know that I'll have to work as hard as he did to try and get to the level he achieved. The more international games I have, the more I hope to make a name for myself.