Hodgson: Still has some thinking to do
Manager Roy Hodgson went with a diamond system against Portugal at Wembley, with Wayne Rooney shoe-horned in behind strikers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.
Despite their Iberian opponents going down to 10-men at the end of the first half, courtesy of Bruno Alves' flying kick on Kane, England struggled to break them down, and it wasn't until late in the second half that the Three Lions really began to ask questions of Fernando Santos' team.
Alves (L) was dismissed following this challenge on Kane
Chris Smalling's 85th-minute header eventually snatched a 1-0 win for the hosts, following a pin-point cross from substitute Raheem Sterling - the third goal created by the Manchester City winger in as many international matches.
Smalling was England's unlikely match winner
Sterling had entered the fray 19 minutes earlier, alongside Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, and the pair's performance has appeared to go down well on social media.
Have they muscled in on Hodgson's plans? Some fans would like to think so...
Before Wilshere and Sterling came on, we had no creativity. No short passes, always trying to lump it to Vardy (who wasn't running well).— Clubber Nang (@craigedward5) June 3, 2016
#ENGvPOR At least we improved when Sterling and Wilshere came on. Rooney needs benching.— Ibrahim Banks (@TheShowOff85) June 2, 2016
England slow and ponderous tonight. No midfield flair until Wilshere and Sterling came on. Kane and Dier only pass to Spurs players.— It'sMYArsenalOpinion (@ARSENALDvbrisG) June 2, 2016
Wilshere and Sterling have to start if England are going anywhere, people hate them but it's true— Toni (@toniadedeji14) June 2, 2016
Wilshere and Sterling really add something when they're on. Changed the game tonight in the little time they had.— Phil Shepherd ♔ |-/ (@TheAsgardian) June 2, 2016
Not an England 'expert', but I believe we look a better side with Wilshere & Sterling in it. As for Milner.......— Adam Astley (@adamjastley) June 2, 2016
Changes proved Wilshere and Sterling have to start. Only two tonight to possess any nous to unlock a defence.— Jack Coombs (@jackcoombs) June 2, 2016
We looked so much better when Wilshere and Sterling came on, they're pivotal to any success this summer.— Joe (@HulbertJoe) June 2, 2016
An England side with Wilshere, Sterling and Lallana looks much stronger than one without— Seth Burkett (@burkett86) June 2, 2016
Sterling (L) and Wilshere make their entrance