James Milner is supremely confident that the England national team will continue to improve over the next 12 months.
After the triumph, Milner suggested that England, who topped Group H ahead of Ukraine, would only get better and better as the finals in Brazil next year approached.
"To miss out on the World Cup would have been heart-breaking, so now everyone has something to look forward to in the summer," Milner told Sky Sports.
"We've shown how hard we are to beat and that is a great quality. You can see we are improving all the time.
"We are creating chances and that tempo seems to be improving, and we are winning the ball back higher (up the pitch).
"The longer we are together we'll keep getting better and better.
"Although the manager has been here 18 months or so, the time we have together is not that long, so it does take time to get it right.
"But I think we are making steps in the right direction and hopefully we can improve a lot more going into the World Cup."
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