David James thought England were unfortunate to lose their World Cup qualifier in Dnipro to Ukraine 1-0.
The Portsmouth goalkeeper came on as an early substitute for Aaron Lennon after the visitors had been reduced to ten men when Robert Green was dismissed.
James made a series of fine saves to keep England in the game and was pleased with the team's overall performance.
The veteran keeper was criticised four years ago when he came on as an early substitute against Denmark and went on to make a string of high-profile errors in the 4-1 defeat.
He said: "I was fortunate I did my warm-up properly as in the past I've been guilty of not.
"My preparation was right and it's a shame the way the goal went in because it was possibly going wide before Ash (Cole) intervened with a deflection but overall I think there was some good stuff by us.
"For the 75 minutes that we played with ten men I thought it was a tremendous effort."