James Milner believes England are moving forward with a good mix of youngsters and senior players.
Fabio Capello admitted after last summer's dismal World Cup campaign that he would have to look to the future, and a number of fresh faces have been granted opportunities to impress over the past few months.
Milner was one of only three survivors of last summer's 4-1 thrashing by Germany to start Tuesday's friendly against Ghana at Wembley as Capello fielded a largely experimental side.
The Italian had decided to release five key men following the Euro 2012 qualifier, but a number of fringe players impressed in an entertaining encounter.
Andy Carroll scored his first international goal, Stewart Downing produced a man-of-the-match display in his first start for more than two years, while Ashley Young and Jack Wilshere - both of whom also played in Cardiff - were excellent as well.
Manchester City midfielder Milner said: "You can see the squad is changing now. A few of the players went home but I think we've got a good mix.
"A lot of younger players coming through, a couple of debutants, Andy Carroll's first goal.
"I think it's good to see that, and playing against one of the top teams in the world.
"They showed that they were one of the top teams at the World Cup. There were plenty of positives.
"Hopefully, we're moving forward and improving as a team and as a unit."
Milner also gave his backing to manager Fabio Capello, insisting the players are not paying any attention to outside criticism.
He added: "We'll just get on with it and try not to take too much notice, whether it's positives or negatives being said outside the camp.
"It's what's said in the camp, and we aim for our goals and we know where we want to get to.
"We want to improve as a unit with these players and the staff.
"It's all about learning from past experiences, from the World Cup.
"You can see the new faces coming in and experienced players still there as well.
"It's down to us hopefully to keep improving and keep learning."
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