James Ward-Prowse collected a long-awaited second England cap on Monday night, as the Three Lions coasted to a 5-1 victory over Montenegro in EURO 2020 qualifying.
Ross Barkley, Dele Alli and Declan Rice were initially preferred in midfield in Podgorica where the visitors surprisingly found themselves behind inside 20 minutes.
Marko Vesovic cut in from the left wing, benefitting from a fortunate bounce of the ball before curling smartly into the far corner beyond the diving Jordan Pickford.
Gareth Southgate’s men soon rediscovered their composure with Ross Barkley supplying an assist for Michael Keane’s header and a goal of his own from debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross-shot to put the visitors in control.
Barkley helped himself to another just before the hour mark, sweeping home after good work from Raheem Sterling.
Harry Kane added a fourth on 71 minutes and Sterling completed the rout, sliding a shot through the keeper’s legs to round off an excellent away showing.
Ward-Prowse’s time came on the back of the City winger’s strike, replacing Ross Barkley in midfield for the final eight minutes. Just reward for a superb start to 2019.
Elsewhere, there was a moment of history for Oriol Romeu and Catalonia who defeated Venezuela by two goals to one, the Saints midfielder making his first senior international appearance in the friendly in Girona.
Romeu came off the bench for the start of the second half and had a significant hand in the game's winning goal on 88 minutes, setting up Aleix Garcia who found Javi Puado to finish from close range.
Venezuela's Roberto Rosales had earlier cancelled out Bojan Krcic's opener before the late drama at the Estadi Montilivi.