Jamie Redknapp says England invited late pressure from Argentina due to the fact they did not want to risk being caught upfield.
England mammoth rearguard action in the closing stages was made more difficult because, having so many behind the ball, nearly every clearance fell to Argentinian feet.
Jamie feels that England could have pressed more during this period if they had chosen to, but admits it would have been a massive gamble against such sharp witted opponents.
"I think it was a bit of both," reasoned Jamie. "I think England could get out, but obviously they didn't want to get out because they thought it would leave space in behind."
Despite the late pressure, Jamie insists England were fully worth the valuable victory.
"In the first half Argentina didn't cause a problem, I thought. England had it sewn up with a very, very good performance all round."
Argentina used the full might of their powerful squad in an attempt to unlock England, Aimar, Crespo and Lopez were all drafted in to no effect.
"Everyone, but they never caused a problem really. In the second half they had a couple of half chances.
"It was just a great performance. I'm so happy and proud of them.
"It was brilliant, absolutely superb. The whole country is buzzing now. I was driving through London and everyone was beeping - it was amazing."