Gary Cahill was delighted with his goal scoring performance against Bulgaria as England took a step closer to securing qualification for Euro 2012.
The Bolton stopper formed a solid partnership with skipper John Terry at the core of England's defence.
He also showed his attacking instincts by producing an assured finish for the first goal to set his team up for the win.
"It was a fantastic night all around," he said.
"I thought we defended really well as a team and then I scored so I was really pleased."
Cahill had been linked with a move away from the Reebok stadium during the transfer window and saw a deadline-day move to Tottenham fail to materialise.
Yet, he showed his professionalism by quickly ejecting that disappointment from his mind, and producing a display to illustrate his qualities in a position where England have numerous options.
He added: "There's a lot of competition for centre-back in the squad. I just wanted to go out and play on the back of what was a difficult week and I was grateful for the opportunity."
Fabio Capello has been praised for introducing a youthful looking team into the international arena and was rewarded with a displaying bristling with dynamism and invention.
It's a move the 26-year-old welcomes.
"I've been around the squad a little while and seeing the quality now with the young players coming, there's good blend with the experienced pros which are here," Cahill continued.