Captain praises England spirit

After a poor start to the 2010 World Cup, England managed to secure progression to the next round where they will face Germany.

“When you need to win a game and you don’t get that second or third goal, you are going to be really anxious at the end,” said the 30-year-old after the final whistle at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“But I thought the lads were terrific today. Everything we asked; passion, fight, team spirit, togetherness and quality as well. We thoroughly deserved to go through.

“We have done it before today. When our backs are against the wall and there are people doubting us, we roll our sleeves up and produce the goods.

“But we need to do it all the time to go to the latter stages in this tournament. We need to find consistency now, especially in the knockout stages, because if we perform like we did against Algeria I don’t think we will get another chance.”