Wayne Rooney returned a fatigued and uninspiring performance in his first game for England as captain and, combined with a succession of lacklustre displays, there is now mounting pressure from the media for manager Roy Hodgson to drop the Manchester United striker.
Rooney was arguably the worst Englishman on the pitch and was overshadowed by Jack Wilshere, who looked sharp in midfield, Gary Cahill who organised the defence and Raheem Sterling who was the nation's most threatening player.
Even Sterling's Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge looked a markedly different player when Rooney was withdrawn, and the United forward was replaced by new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck, who looked lively in his 20 minute cameo and even unleashed a strong shot that provoked goalkeeper Orjan Nyland into action.
After a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil, Hodgson and England will be expected to perform well in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 - and the road to the finals in France begins on Monday evening, when England take on Switzerland away from home.
"I would honestly start Sturridge and Welbeck versus Switzerland," said Stan Collymore, who hints that Rooney could be dropped - an opinion backed by those calling the action for ITV.
"Rooney over 90 minutes was still not convincing while the Ox was disappointing but coming back from a long injury lay off."
England beat Norway by a sole goal at Wembley Stadium earlier this evening, Wednesday.