Jamie Carragher insists an astute piece of management from Fabio Capello has ensured England will not be affected too badly by the loss of Ledley King.
Critics have condemned Capello for taking a chance on King's fitness, which was placed under the microscope once captain Rio Ferdinand had been ruled out of the tournament.
Carragher said: "Losing Ledley is a blow. He is a top player and it is unfortunate because it is the same position as Rio. But the manager picked five centre-backs in the squad because he knew there could be problems and his selections have been proved right."
The Football Association are yet to publicly state what damage King suffered to his groin during Saturday's draw with the United States, it is widely assumed the scan results will mean 29-year-old is sidelined for a minimum of three weeks.
King would not be available until at least the semi-finals - if England got that far - so either Carragher, Matthew Upson or the uncapped Michael Dawson will have to fill in.