It has been two years since Stewart Downing was last included in the England team, but his first appearance back didn't exactly show Roy Hodgson what he has been missing.
Downing started in central midfield against Scotland in the Three Lions' 3-1 victory last night, but he failed to make any impact on the game and was substituted at half-time.
It was a disappointing display from the experienced campaigner, who was determined to prove that he merited a place in the squad.
Downing has been one of the Premier League's in-form players so far this season for West Ham United, but he failed to reproduce that form for his nation.
This partly wasn't his fault, as he was played out of position by Hodgson and, after waiting so long to break back into the team, that is sure to rankle.
Downing has thrived as the creative fulcrum for the Hammers, playing in behind two strikers, but he was expected to play on the left-hand side of three central midfielders yesterday evening and the match rather passed him by.
The former Liverpool and Aston Villa star has never been a physical presence and he found it hard to cope with the fast-paced nature of the match.
It was a display which frustrated some England supporters, but Hammers fans were quick to defend their player because of Hodgson's failure to select him in his favoured position.
Here is the best reaction from England supporters to Downing's performance on social media site Twitter.
Why pick Downing on the basis of his sudden excellence behind the striker and then stick him back out on the wing?— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) November 18, 2014
Stew downing showing that club form don't count for much at international level!!! I've heard some ridiculous statements about form— sean mcguire (@macsean14) November 19, 2014
@Joey7Barton and why Downing? We have seen Downing, we know what he does. Form is temporary, class is permanent. Pointless!— dale sadler (@dale0402) November 18, 2014
ENG fans rightly pleased wi result but what is RH thinking not giving Barkley & Berahino game time over Downing & Lambert? Absolute madness— Cutch (@Cutch90) November 18, 2014
I genuinely hope that that's the last time I ever see Stewart Downing in an England shirt.— L.i.am (@GilesyL14) November 18, 2014
I know it's harsh to judge him on a half but Stewart Downing might have just blown his only chance of a England revival with his performance— Sacha Wild (@SachaWild11) November 18, 2014