Roy Hodgson intends to give Joe Hart another show of support on Tuesday by repeating that the Manchester City goalkeeper's erratic form does not threaten his England place for the next round of World Cup qualifiers.
On the fifth floor of the Windsor Atlantica, with Copacabana beach as the backdrop, the Football Association's chairman, David Bernstein, was looking ahead to the World Cup.
Maybe the Montenegro coach, Branko Brnovic, had a fair point, even if he did express it more provocatively than was necessary.
This should have been about Wayne Rooney achieving redemption, with the perceived natural order restored and England back resplendent at the summit of their qualifying section.
Perhaps it was a deliberate ploy by Branko Brnovic to get under the skin of Roy Hodgson's players.
The early evening chill will have descended in Montenegro by the time Wayne Rooney, flanked by his national team-mates, trots out on to the patchy turf at a cramped Podgorica City Stadium and returns to the scene of the crime.
Rio Ferdinand was subjected to prolonged and vicious abuse from England's travelling support as the national side recorded their biggest victory in 26 years in the Manchester United defender's absence.
Wayne Rooney claims he has grown up and matured, and Roy Hodgson is prepared to believe him. The England manager was delighted with the way Rooney led the side against San Marino at Wembley, and though Steven Gerrard will be back as captain for the game in Poland on Tuesday the Manchester United striker can now regard himself as his deputy.
Wales' recovery from 1-0 down to overcome Scotland may mean little to either country if both should fail to reach the 2014 World Cup finals. That, however, was the drabbest of topics on an evening when the competitiveness led to such excitement and controversy.
Frank Lampard overtook Sir Geoff Hurst to become England's 13th most prolific goalscorer on Friday night and ensure Roy Hodgson's team started their qualification campaign for Brazil 2014 in blistering style with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Moldova.