Striker Emile Heskey has admitted England will need to be more clinical if they are to mount a serious World Cup challenge.
Heskey took the plaudits for a selfless display during Saturday's opening 1-1 Group C encounter with the United States in Rustenburg.
However, despite creating more goalscoring opportunities that their opponents, the Thee Lions were unable to unlock the US defence for a second time and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Heskey himself missed a second-half chance when put through one-on-one with goalkeeper Tim Howard.
"It was a bit of a frustrating game but we kept plugging away and created chances," said the Aston Villa marksman.
"It was just disappointing that we didn't take some of the opportunities that came our way. The final ball wasn't as good as it should have been.
"With my chance in the second half, the keeper (Howard) stood up quite well.
"I just tried to get as much power behind it as possible because these balls do move around.
"He has done well but he is lucky it has caught him right in the midriff but we kept plugging away and kept creating chances.
"Wazza (Wayne Rooney) had a shot which looked it was going in but at the last minute it swerved a bit and went wide. That is what these balls do."