Jermain Defoe concedes that England found the going difficult against a 'clever' Chile side at Wembley on Friday.
The South Americans left London with a 2-0 victory - with Barcelona's in-form forward Alexis Sanchez bagging a brace.
England were well short of their best in their first outing since booking their tickets to Brazil 2014, with fresh faces failing to provide the desired spark.
Defoe, who was handed 25 minutes off the bench, admits that Chile made life tough for the Three Lions and posed a different kind of threat to European rivals.
The Tottenham striker told Sky Sports: "On a personal level, it was nice to get out there and be involved - a long time coming.
"It was a difficult game, playing against a side who were technically so good and kept the ball so well. But it's important for the manager to see other players and give them an opportunity to show what they can do at this level.
"We played against a tough side, but on a personal note I enjoyed it.
"It's never good losing, especially at home. You want that mentality going into a World Cup. But saying that, there were spells in the game where we did well. We made some good chances and if you put them away, it could have been a different game.
"They kept the ball well and sometimes when you go in 1-0 at half-time, you are chasing it a bit.
"They were clever at times because they slowed the game down, any little contact they will go down and just stop your flow.
"They are a clever side but there are positives we can take out of the game."