Roy Hodgson is confident Wayne Rooney will improve after his first start in five weeks.
Although Hodgson insisted before England's EURO
However, with a quarter-final against
"He has looked terrific in training but there's always that little difference between training performances and doing it in an important match where there's big pressure from everybody," he said.
"I didn't have any doubts about his physical or mental fitness. He just needed a game.
"I would be lying if I said we weren't keeping a close eye on him and wondering how many minutes he had in him.
"But it was terrific he lasted so long and we are all pleased to see him back.
"The important thing was he performed really well for the team.
"He didn't need to be
"They both worked so hard to make sure we got the defensive organisation that we wanted."
Rooney's 29th England goal might have been predicted.
It gives Hodgson's side an extra day at its Krakow base, where it will also complete its final training session before flying into Kiev for a final walk round, as it did in Donetsk.
Hodgson will be thankful for the space, which will be filled with homework, as the England boss admits his knowledge of the Italians is not quite what he would want it to be.
"Our preparation for
"I watched the game between
"I have seen
"But they have been good enough to get out of a very tough group."
UEFA president Michel Platini said preparations for Euro 2016 were "progressing well" after a meeting of the organising committee in Lille.