When Roy Hodgson announced his latest England squad there was one inclusion that was met with an air of disdain as seldom-used Tottenham Hotspur attacker Andros Townsend was chosen over in-form West Ham United winger Stewart Downing.
Townsend answered his critics earlier this evening, Thursday.
Because, at Wembley Stadium and with only a cameo appearance to his name, the fleet-footed Hotspur star scored against San Marino as the Three Lions began to accumulate a 5-0 thumping over San Marino.
Speaking to ITV post-match, Townsend conceded that it "maybe should have been more."
Yet stressed the most important aspect of this result in terms of the European Championship qualifying landscape: "We got the three points. We don't want to win the group on goal difference, we want to win it on points."
Silencing his detractors, even if it is only on a temporary basis, pleased Townsend as the player was delighted to have repaid Hodgson's faith in him - that he is still selected for international duty even if he is on the fringes of Mauricio Pochettino's senior squad at White Hart Lane.
"The manager here has always shown faith in me so it was good to repay that faith," he concluded.