Life could hardly be better for England's Under-21s at the moment.
They have not lost, or conceded a goal, since November 2011 and an eighth win in a row meant that they beat their own record for successive victories. But arguably of even more importance was further proof, if any was needed, that Wilfried Zaha is going to be a special player.
Against an admittedly limited Romania side Zaha was exceptional and it was not hard to work out why the Crystal Palace winger will be playing for Manchester United next season and why England can be justifiably upbeat about their chances at this summer's European Championship in Israel.
"I thought the quality of the football was absolutely top-drawer," said Brian Eastick, speaking in place of Stuart Pearce, who had a flight to catch.
"They tried to press us early in the first 10 minutes. Sometimes when the surface isn't the best, you need that bit of quality in the final third of the pitch."
England, who could be without Henri Lansbury against Austria on Monday after he suffered an early injury, played with the urgency of a side with a target to achieve. Romania were bewildered by the movement of Zaha and Raheem Sterling, who took it in turns to torment the visitors' hapless right-back, Constantin Nica. Zaha was nominally positioned through the middle but rarely stuck to that position, shaking off his markers by dropping deep and wide in search of the ball.
Sterling was just as elusive. The Liverpool winger might have had a hat-trick in the first half but shot too close to Laurentiu Branescu from Zaha's cross, saw a cross-shot from the left pushed behind by Romania's impressive goalkeeper and then sent a dipping effort inches over the bar from 25 yards out.
Sterling would also see a shot cleared off the line in the second half and he had to settle for a hand in Zaha's first goal at this level. He found the 20-year-old who rolled inside from the left, beat Alexandru Cretu with ease and then, just as it looked as if the ball had got stuck under his feet, he dug out a superb finish, curling the ball past Branescu and into the far corner from the edge of the area. It more than compensated for Zaha's dreadful miss just before half-time when he volleyed over with the goal gaping.
Romania were rarely in the game, although they were unfortunate not to be awarded an early penalty when Adrian Avramia's volley appeared to be handled by a combination of Andre Wisdom and Craig Dawson. Yet that would have been more than the visiting side deserved and, but for Branescu's excellence in goal, this would have been a thrashing.
England's second goal arrived just after the hour and it was a goal that was made in Liverpool. Jonjo Shelvey crossed from the right and Jack Robinson stole in unnoticed at the far post to cushion a left-footed volley past Branescu, scoring his first goal for the U21s in the process. Nathan Delfouneso scored a late third from close range but no one could steal the limelight from Zaha.
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