If England want to benefit from the best of Andros Townsend then the player must break into the Tottenham Hotspur starting XI in order to receive increased pitch time.
Thus far this season, the winger has featured in just two Premier League games - or 62 minutes of action - but for Frank Lampard, who was on the Sky Sports sofa offering his opinion following England's 5-0 shellacking of San Marino, England will miss out on Townsend's top attribute, his pace, should he continually be shunted to the fringes of the Spurs squad.
"He gave us pace and at the top level of football you need people with pace, who can make things happen out of nothing," said Lampard.
"He came in and did that last season he has had a bit of a lull for whatever reason – injuries didn’t help in the summer – but England and Spurs will need him to get back to that sort of form."
Townsend was one of four England scorers, along with Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, while Alex Della Valle scored an own goal 12 minutes from time.
"The goal was significant for him," noted Lampard. "It’s easy sometimes for forward players to come on in a game like this and just want to score goals and do the easy things at the other end. He did do that, but his goal came from him winning a tackle on the half-way line.
"He helped England to qualify last year and for me he is at his best when he slips inside. He gets great pace and dip on his shot and that will give him confidence.
"It might be San Marino and an easy goal as such, but that will help him when he goes back to his club."