With just 99 days to go until the 2014 World Cup gets underway in Brazil, England began their countdown with 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley.
Question marks surround a number of positions ahead of the finals, but boss Roy Hodgson used the fixture to experiment before naming his provisional squad in May.
Though they failed to qualify themselves, Denmark provided useful opposition for the Three Lions. And following Daniel Sturridge's late winner, we rate England’s players after 45 minutes and at full-time.
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Joe Hart: Not much to do for the Manchester City stopper, who enjoyed a relatively quiet half
Glen Johnson: Got forward well on his 50th England cap and linked the play well
Chris Smalling: A comfortable enough performance, save for a couple of late scares that saw him leave one or two gaps
Gary Cahill: A dependable shift from the Chelsea man
Ashley Cole: Much like Jonhson on the other flank, Cole got forward to good effect and almost notched a deserved assist
Jack Wilshere: After an early injury scare, Wilshere struggled to get a grip on the half
Steven Gerrard: Some typically strong runs threatened to undo Denmark, and his set-pieces looked dangerous
Jordan Henderson: Nothing to write home about from the Liverpool man
Raheem Sterling: Looked lively and was desperately unlucky not to score just before half-time
Daniel Sturridge: Got better as the half wore on and should have given England the lead in first-half stoppage time
Wayne Rooney: Not the most memorable 45-minutes from Rooney, whose shooting was erratic at best
Joe Hart: A quiet game all round for Hart, who marshaled his defence well
Glen Johnson: A slightly more cautious half from Johnson, but still just as effective
Chris Smalling: Seemed to get stronger as the game wore on
Gary Cahill: Much like the opening 45-minutes, the centre-half never really looked troubled
Luke Shaw: Impressed on his debut after coming on for Ashley Cole, and did not look out of place
Adam Lallana: Gave England some real zip after coming off the bench, and provided a stunning cross for the winner
Steven Gerrard: Retained some of the threat that was on show before the break, but dug in when he had to
Jordan Henderson: Not the best game for the Liverpool man, who was replaced with 13 minutes remaining
Raheem Sterling: Always a threat in wide areas and was correctly named man-of-the-match
Daniel Sturridge: Deserved his late goal after testing the Danish back four all evening
Danny Welbeck: Almost made an immediate impact following his introduction, but faded late on
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