Fabio Capello is confident England's World Cup campaign is on track despite facing the prospect of being without central defender Ledley King for the remainder of the tournament.
King suffered a groin injury in the first half of Saturday's 1-1 draw with the United States and, after failing to reappear after the interval, looks set to miss at least a fortnight. Should King's absence be confirmed, he would be out at least until after a last-16 knockout game and, with his general fitness suffering as a result, is hardly likely to be plunged into a potential quarter-final.
The 29-year-old's injury further deepens Capello's defensive problems after skipper Rio Ferdinand's tournament was cruelly ended by a knee injury he suffered in training while goalkeeper Robert Green's howler against the United States will ensure question marks remain over his position.
Yet Capello can see the positives from an opening performance that has done little to shake his belief a place in the final on July 11 can be achieved.
"I didn't make mistakes and I'm not worried for the future," he insisted. "We played a good game and, for me, the most important thing is to see the spirit of the team and also the physical condition of the players.
"I was worried about the result because it is possible to lose a game like this.
"We had seven or eight chances. That is good football.
"But it is not enough just to create the chances. To win we have to score.
"Twice we were in front of the goal, once with Shaun Wright-Phillips, once with Emile (Heskey). Alone, Absolutely alone."