Tottenham striker Harry Kane was handed his first ever start for England in the draw away to Italy.
The 2014/15 season's breakout player was unable to cap the momentous career night with a goal, unlike his debut from the bench days earlier, when he struck just 80 seconds after coming on against Lithuania.
He did not let himself down though against an experienced Italian defence, looking lively throughout the contest, and the Azzurri were clearly paying him close attention.
He responded after the game with a message to fans on Twitter, expressing his delight at the achievement.
The decision to select Kane was made easier on boss Roy Hodgson after Danny Welbeck pulled out of the squad through injury, sustained against Lithania.
As the Premier League's joint top scorer with Diego Costa with 19 goals, Kane's form even has him as a contender for player of the year honours.
He was quick to acknowledge last night however the evening belonged to two Tottenham teammates, Ryan Mason who made his debut from the bench, and fellow substitute Andros Townsend who scored the equaliser against Italy.
The image of the three Spurs players along with right-back Kyle Walker celebrating together was fantastic for fans of the club to see, and shows the progress the club is making in terms of developing players, even if they remain in the same cycle of seemingly being about to finish just short of the top four.
If the quartet can return to their club in good form, there is still time to overturn a six point deficit on fourth place, with eight games remaining this season, but there is little room for error. The team spirit reinforced on England duty can only be of help.