Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy’s rise over the past season and a half continued on Thursday night with a winning debut appearance for England against USA at Wembley.
Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold had the Three Lions two goals to the good before McCarthy’s half-time introduction in place of Jordan Pickford at the national stadium and the Saints keeper enjoyed a quiet 45 minutes – not to mention a clean sheet - as Gareth Southgate’s men cruised to victory.
Fellow debutant Callum Wilson added a late third on a night of firsts and lasts for England following Wayne Rooney’s valedictory appearance.
Meanwhile in Gdansk, Jan Bednarek’s Poland were unable to avoid slipping to a 1-0 home defeat to Czech Republic at the PGE Arena.
The Saints defender featured for the full 90 minutes once more for the hosts, producing a superb goal-line clearance to prevent the Czechs from doubling their lead having gone in front early in the first half thanks to Jakub Jankto’s strike on 52 minutes.
Saints youngster Michael Obafemi – who was joining up with the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time - watched on from the substitute’s bench at the Aviva Stadium as the hosts played out a goalless draw with Steven Davis’s Northern Ireland.
Davis captained his side for the full 90 minutes in Dublin with home goalkeeper Darren Randolph producing a man-of-the-match performance to keep the visitors at bay.
Earlier in the day, Angus Gunn was an unused substitute as England U21s earned an impressive 2-1 win over their Italian counterparts in Ferrara. Dominik Solanke struck twice either side of Moise Kean’s equaliser to secure victory for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.