England skipper David Beckham once again led by example last night and, though h
England skipper David Beckham once again led by example last night and, though his goalscoring display was not enough to land England the three points, he has called on his team-mates to cast away their concerns and concentrate on getting our automatic qualification campaign back on the rails.
Becks, who is so open about the pride he takes in playing for and captaining his country, said: "We've not lost the game but it's disappointing because it's at home and we had quite a few chances,
"I don't think we played badly, we did not play like we can do but in spells our football was really good. We did not push forward and create enough in the second half.
"The players are pretty low, we felt we should have won the game, but we can't afford to get too low, it's only the second game and we have to go on from here."
Meanwhile, defender Gareth Southgate is determined to win his place back in Sven-Goran Eriksson's side after the double disappointment of missing out on a spot in the first team and then seeing the lions drop two points in last night's dramatic draw.
But the Middlesbrough skipper is ready to bounce back.
"People will say that I was better off on the bench rather than playing but I don't subscribe to that for one moment," he said.
"My view is there are no good games to miss. I was bitterly disappointed not to play last night - especially after Saturday's result in Bratislava but it is Mr Eriksson's decision.
"I'm not too certain about the reasons for the decision but we have four months before our next game and I have to go away, continue what I've been doing at club level and hope that's going to be good enough to force my way back in again. Certainly being left out doesn't affect my desire to play more international football, quite the reverse.
"Something like this just makes me more hungry. I don't have anything to prove at this level and it's just a case of being fortunate enough, when the team is picked, to be in it."