Fabio Capello has revealed the key to England's stunning 4-1 win over Croatia was being able to work with the squad over the last 10 days.
Capello has previously only had a couple of days to work with the team since replacing Steve McClaren as head coach, apart from the end-of-season trip to Trinidad & Tobago.
But with England fans impatient after not qualifying for Euro 2008, the side has been under fire from some quarters with the boo-boys unhappy with the national side's recent lacklustre performances.
However, the supporters were once again singing the praises of the Three Lions after thrashing Croatia 4-1 thanks to a Theo Walcott hat-trick and a Wayne Rooney strike.
The Italian boss believes one of the reasons behind the impressive display was being able to spend at least 10 days to prepare his squad for both the Andorra and Croatia 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
"Usually in my career I have worked every day with the players," he said.
"Here I have tried to change something in 10 days. I saw something. We spoke with the players. We asked them to do things during the training.
"The players know what I think about them. I have got to know the players much better and also they know me better."
Walcott inevitably grabbed the headlines with his superb treble and the national boss was impressed with the team's performance, including the Arsenal youngster.
"He (Walcott) has very good potential and he plays at a very important club (Arsenal) with a very good manager in Arsene Wenger. He is a very good manager to him," Capello said.
"But all the players did very well and Rooney was helped by (Emile) Heskey. Rooney played very well, scored a goal and had two assists.
"Heskey is important because he has big movement, he goes forward, and moves into space."