Roy Hodgson has hailed the influence of midfield duo Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick after England's 2-1 win over Italy in Berne.
Making his first international appearance since
"They were the outstanding players," he said.
"You don't become a really good player overnight. You have to play an awful lot of football at the highest level.
"They've done that internationally and for two very important club sides.
"The quality of their play was very good and it was good for the youngsters to have those around them showing that composure on the ball."
Carrick's ability to retain possession was something England so obviously lacked in
"In the Euros, especially towards the end and the second half against
"We were a bit tired at that time.
"It wasn't a typical performance from an England team, and not the way we want to play.
"This is the way we want to play."
It was a victorious occasion, too, even though
"That goal was for my cousin who died in
It was Defoe's 16th England goal and earned a glowing tribute from his manager, who has seen those predatory instincts plenty of times before.
"It was spectacular, a great way to win the game," said Hodgson.
"That is his forte, something he can do.
"He does it regularly for Tottenham and it was nice to see him doing it for England."
Former England striker