Gary Cahill says that he felt like he had scored when he completed a goal-saving clearance for England against Switzerland last night.
The commanding centre-back was one of England's star performers as they picked up a very credible 2-0 win to kick off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, and it was his goal-line intervention which stood out as the most memorable moment of his night.
Cahill had to chase back to deny Josip Drmic a certain goal after he had rounded Joe Hart, and the Chelsea man says that he got as much satisfaction from making the block as he would if he had scored at the other end.
“Sometimes when you save a goal like that, it feels like you’ve scored one,” Cahill told TheFA.com. “It was just an off the cuff reaction. As a defender, sometimes it feels as good as goals, and it felt like that.”
It was a crucial moment in the match as it preserved England's cleansheet at a time when the game was still in the balance.
Cahill made the clearance when the score stood at 1-0 and it forced Switzerland to continue coming forward, allowing Danny Welbeck to double England's tally late on after a swift counter-attack.
It was a result which provided some much-needed cheer for the Three Lions after what has been a disappointing period for the national side.
There is an increasing apathy towards international football from supporters in the country, who are tired with the constant disappointment served up by England.
Manager Roy Hodgson has faced the brunt of fans' criticism for a poor World Cup in Brazil - where his side failed to win a match - but this victory should go some way to getting the supporters back on side.
It means that England's qualification looks even more certain as they have picked up three points in what surely will be their toughest test in a group which looks particularly winnable.
Cahill's attention will now turn back to club matters, and he will be hoping to keep up his good form at the weekend when Chelsea take on Swansea City.