Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick's African adventure will continue after England booked a place in the World Cup's knock-out stages.
Jermain Defoe vindicated his selection as Rooney's partner in attack by notching the only goal of the Group C game against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth, volleying home James Milner's right-wing cross in the 22nd minute.
United striker Wayne would have joined the Spurs forward on the scoresheet had Samir Handanovic not pushed his second-half shot onto a post. He had a few other half-chances before he was replaced by ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, 18 minutes from time. For the third match in a row, Carrick was among England's unused substitutes.
After surviving a nervous finish - West Ham's Matthew Upson made possibly a goal-saving tackle in the box - Fabio Capello's side go into the last 16 as group runners-up. Their hopes of topping the table were dashed by Landon Donovan scoring for the USA, in the second minute of injury time against Algeria.
England will next play on Sunday (15:00 BST) in Bloemfontein against the winners of Group D - later confirmed as Germany, following their 1-0 win over Ghana.
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