Roy Hodgson will no doubt have learnt a few valuable things from this match which, for all its meandering lack of craft, remained a high-intensity affair – as meaningless close-season friendlies go – deep into the second half.
Kevin Pietersen will meet Andy Flower at Lord's on Thursday with the England team director expecting another positive update on the batsman's progress towards an Ashes return.
To onlookers, it might seem like a dream come true: the chance to engage with an incomparable cinema icon and find one's place in movie history.
The Barbican, true to form, dared to bring over this very ambitious reworking of an old classic by Schaubuehne Berlin, who like to think of themselves as the most modern theatre company in Germany.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro appears to be recuperating well from his injury.
Southampton manager Mauro Pochettino is wanted by Benfica, according to reports on the continent.
Paul Pogba has criticised Sir Alex Ferguson for failing to give him first team opportunities at Manchester United.
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski wasted no time in responding to criticism from Oliver Bierhoff.