England captain David Beckham admitted that his side had again been far from their best in the 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in Nuremberg that sealed a place in the last 16.
He told ITV: "We knew it was going to be a hard game and they would get 11 men behind the ball and so it proved.
"They made it very hard for us, but we knew our gameplan would break them down. We finished strong which is good thing.
"It is always tight and tense when you are expected to win the game, but we got the win which is the main thing at this point.
"You have not seen the best of us. We have put ourselves in a good position and hopefully we will qualify as leaders. But better is yet to come."
Late goals from Peter Crouch, set up by Beckham, and Steven Gerrard made sure of the victory.