England suffered a painful defeat to Italy in Manaus in their opening World Cup match, but it was a defeat which came with many positives. England were bright and inventive, with an attack full of pace creativity. Compared to the football they've produced in recent major tournaments, it was a definite step up in quality.
Italy, though, were excellent, and deserved their 2-1 win, despite never really dominating proceedings in the same way they did when the two sides met in Euro 2012. Their midfield three possess great technical quality, and Mario Balotelli is a fearsome forward capable of winning matches.
Attention for England now turns to their crucial match with Uruguay on Thursday, with Roy Hodgson likely to be contemplating changes he can make to ensure they take the three points and put themselves in a strong postion to qualify for the round of 16.