Frank Lampard believes England can take positives from their defeat to Chile and will learn from the mistakes they made.
In their first outing since sealing qualification for the 2014 World Cup, the Three Lions were comfortably beaten 2-0 at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.
At times they were outplayed and outclassed by the South American visitors, with Chile able to dictate the pace of the game after dominating possession for long periods.
While admitting that suffering setbacks is never nice, Lampard feels a tricky contest will serve England well in the future.
They will come up against various difficult approaches in Brazil next summer and need to be capable of offering answers to the many questions they will be posed.
Lampard told Sky Sports: "I think there are some positives. We lost the game, and you never like to lose a game, but, on the negative side, we let them create chances. You have to remember they are top-quality opposition.
"It was a different style of play to what we are used to, so I think it was a very useful exercise for us.
"We don't like to lose but we've qualified for Brazil and we have to take certain things on the chin, learn from the mistakes and letting them have too many opportunities.
"Also, look at the fact that we created a lot - it was a very open game, first half particularly. It could have been 2-2 or 3-3 going in at half-time."
A disappointing result rained on the parade of debutants Fraser Forster, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, but Lampard says all three acquitted themselves well.
He added: "It was a tough game for them to come in. Not every international game is like that, you have to tell them that after the game because the way they knocked the ball about, and their goalie was probably man of the match the way he distributed the ball. That's very good learning for them.
"I thought they were very bright and very sharp. Adam had a couple of chances that he might, on another day, have scored one or two goals on his debut.
"They deserved their starts and I think they've done themselves a lot of credit."