Harry Kane admitted England have been feeling the strain of their poor current performances however thought they had been vastly improved within the 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley.
The Three Lions fell 2-0 behind after Harry Maguire gave away a penalty which Ilkay Gundogan transformed, after which the much-maligned defender gave the ball away within the build-up to a effective Kai Havertz strike.
But targets from Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and a Kane penalty put the hosts 3-2 forward earlier than goalkeeper Nick Pope’s error gifted Havertz a second to disclaim England a win of their closing match earlier than the World Cup.
“A lot better,” Kane instructed Channel 4. “I thought we played really well, we were unfortunate to go 2-0 behind, it was a mistake and then a great goal from the edge of the box.
“We did really well to stay in the game and to get back into it, got into the lead and then unfortunately another error.
“The mentality and fight of the team was shown out there today. We didn’t get the win but we can be proud of what we did and it puts us in a good place ahead of the World Cup.”
Kane’s spot-kick, given after a foul on the spectacular Jude Bellingham, was his 51st aim for his nation.
“It was nice to score, obviously,” he added. “There always seems to be a few pressure penalties here at Wembley but it was nice to see that one go in and just a shame we couldn’t get the win but we keep going.
“We’ve all been under pressure with recent results. We scored three goals and it puts us in a positive mindset.
“I’m proud of the boys and now we have a busy six weeks or so before we get ready for the World Cup.”
Boss Gareth Southgate most well-liked to not deal with the errors.
“I think as a group they’ve really come together this week, they’ve grown. This week we’ve learned a huge amount,” he instructed Channel 4.
“A couple of errors have cost us the goals but they played with terrific spirit and a belief that we haven’t shown in the last few games.”