Jordan Henderson says England were deserved winners against Denmark as his Liverpool team-mate netted a late winner.
The Reds midfielder, who was in the Three Lions starting line-up for the first time since November 2010, was also impressed with another of his Anfield team-mates, Raheem Sterling.
Sterling won the Vauxhall man-of-the-match award, but it was Sturridge's 82nd-minute header that ended a run of back-to-back home defeats for Roy Hodgson's men.
England 1-0 Denmark
Wednesday 5 March
Wembley Stadium connected by EE
"I think we kept the ball well and moved it from side to side well," said Henderson.
"We knew that they would try to sit deep and get us on the counter-attack, but I thought we controlled the game really well and we're delighted with the goal at the end.
"It was great play by Adam Lallana, the chop and then to get his cross in, but it was great movement by Studge and a great header as well.
He added: "I think the gaffer was pleased. We did have a lot of the game, but I felt as though we needed to penetrate in behind a little bit more.
"I thought Raz [Raheem Sterling] was brilliant, he was positive.
"The keeper was fantastic and on a different day I think it might have been two or three.
"They were difficult to break down, a good defensive shape, and obviously Dan [Agger] is a brilliant defender, a great leader as you've seen tonight.
"But we know it would be difficult and thankfully we got the breakthrough."
Henderson has now played eight times for England and he also featured at Euro 2012.
The 23-year-old was happy with his performance against the Danes and now hopes he can continue his impressive club form this season and secure a place in Hodgson's squad for Brazil.
"It's been a while, so it was nice to get a start under my belt," continued Henderson.
"It was brilliant to get back out there again for the Senior team.
"I tried to do my best and hopefully I can do my best from now until the end of the season and get in the squad for the summer."