Sven-Goran Eriksson insisted he was relieved Wayne Rooney was back in an England shirt after England had booked their place in the knock-out stages.
The Manchester United striker, who had been out of action since fracturing a metatarsal almost seven weeks ago, had been given a clean bill of health by independent doctors earlier in the day and came off the bench to replace Michael Owen after 58 minutes.
Eriksson insisted he could use him from the start in England's last group match against Sweden on Tuesday, if he so wanted. "I'm relieved the saga is over," said the Swede.
"We all know Rooney is not at 100 per cent form but if he had had that 30 minutes in the next match, or the one after, he would have been further behind. Now he's in it and can only be better and better.
Eriksson believed the performance was an improvement on Saturday's 1-0 victory against Paraguay, although England squandered a series of chances. "We showed a lot of patience," he said. "It is difficult to play a team with nine or ten men behind the ball and they had discipline. If we had taken our chances, it would have been a different match."
David Beckham, who ended up at right back when Aaron Lennon was brought on to deliver some extra pace, won the man-of-the-match award. He said: "You're always relieved to win when you go at a team as much as we did and get nothing.
"It was a performance of togetherness, not our best but we all had to dig in.
"Don't expect too much of Wayne, too soon. As soon as he came on, people expected him to go past four players and stick the ball in the top corner of the net. But it is about him getting his fitness." Wayne Rooney prepares to step in for Michael Owen