Wayne Rooney scored the early goal, but how did his United teammates get on wearing the Three Lions shirt?
Danny Welbeck has been a regular performer for England, but despite this goal at Euro 2012, has not always convinced, with outshone by Daniel Sturridge at Premier League level.
He was joined in the line-up by Roy Hodgson's most discussed selections against Poland, experienced midfielder Michael Carrick, so often overlooked by England, but preferred to Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere.
Chris Smalling also got the nod ahead of clubmate Phil Jones at right-back, with Kyle Walker suspended and Glen Johnson out injured.
Here we are taking a look at the trio's performances statistically, and from an anecdotal angle:
Chris Smalling achieved his main objective, he helped England keep a clean sheet. The stand-in right-back made three tackles and three interceptions, also making three effective clearances. He only gave away one foul, crucially not putting his team under more pressure than they needed to be. He completed more passes (45) than fellow full-back Leighton Baines (42), with a higher completion ratio 87 per cent vs 83 per cent - also having two successful dribbling attempts going forward, more than any other defender.
Chris Smalling played very well today!— Abu Talha (@SATalha) October 15, 2013
Mention for Chris Smalling as well tonight. Wasn't sure about him at RB but he was terrific.— Tom Taylor (@RolyatMot) October 15, 2013
Not sure about the whole right back slot. Nobody claimed that for me yet. Smalling looked like me with a hangover at times. #engvpol— Andrew Martin (@FilthyPlucker) October 15, 2013
Smalling was brilliant tonight as was Carrick and Jagielka #UnsungHeroes— Amit Gaglani (@gaglani612) October 15, 2013
Smalling at rb is beast I think he should b englands starting rb— Harvey Specter (@P4NGC4KEZ) October 15, 2013
Carrick played 70 minutes for England, substituted for Chelsea's Frank Lampard. During his time on the pitch, his 66 passes completed was the highest of any England player, with Steven Gerrard the only one to surpass the figure over 90 minutes.
His passing was also pinpoint, completing 94 per cent of his passes, a figure matched only by winger Andros Townsend, who made 31 passes. Carrick made three tackles, the highest of any midfield player, although his one crossing attempt was unsuccessful, and none of his passes created goalscoring opportunities.
Carrick is a simplistic player, but effective in his own right— Anto (@AnthonyByrne123) October 15, 2013
Carrick was so flat though, didn't influence that game at all:/ This is why I don't like the British media.— Alpha Kenny Body (@Mtha_VeEkaY) October 15, 2013
Carrick 100% starter.— ADAM (@AdamCatchpole) October 15, 2013
It winds me up how little Carrick is used for England. Played great tonight yet he still got brought off— Louis Jones (@louisrjones) October 15, 2013
If you think Carrick was shite tonight... You need to stop pretending you know football.— Smiler (@Smiler_Mike) October 15, 2013
Think Woy has it spot on with Gerrard and Carrick in the middle.— Matthew Hölmes (@MatthewJHolmes) October 15, 2013
Striker Danny Welbeck had a very frustrating evening. He had five shots on goal, but not a single one registered on target, including one from close range from a corner in the first half. Welbeck did though make four key passes, more than any other England player apart from Steven Gerrard. Defensively he made two tackles and one interception, but completed just 79 per cent of his passes, with just Wayne Rooney (67 per cent) lower.
Its pretty difficult to get behind an England team that plays Welbeck on the left.— Sir Roy Walker (@TheJDizzle_) October 15, 2013
Think I must be the only person that rates Danny Welbeck... Absolute work horse! England looked decent tonight!— Luke Adams (@LukeAds10) October 15, 2013
I dont understand what coaches see in Welbeck that Chicharito dont have— Todd Est: 24/Oct/xx (@Todd_BW) October 15, 2013
People who compare Welbeck/Defoe Defoe; head down, shoulder of last man Welbeck; shows for ball, works tirelessly DIFFERENT TYPE OF PLAYER— James Glynn (@jglynnder) October 15, 2013
How do you think the trio played?