Nathan Redmond is proof that the role of clubs such as Norwich City and Southampton, in giving young British players the opportunity to develop in the Premier League, is vital to the international future of the home nations now that larger clubs tend to look abroad.
Norwich's Redmond is a real prospect. The 19-year-old is skilful, two-footed and fast, but he is still learning, and it is hard to imagine him getting a regular game for Chelsea or Manchester City.
Yet having been bought from Birmingham City for £2m plus add-ons during the summer, Redmond put the likes of his £8.5m team-mate Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Southampton's new £12.5m striker Dani Osvaldo very much in the shade.
As his manager, Chris Hughton, acknowledged, Redmond's winning goal, driven low and powerfully beyond Artur Boruc after he cut in from the left wing and beat two defenders, capped an outstanding performance during which he worked as hard helping his defence as he did in getting forward.
"He's an exciting young talent, he's making progress and he's a very willing learner," said Hughton, who came across Redmond when he became Birmingham manager in June 2011.
"I think he'd had a small involvement with the first team the season before, in the cups rather than the league, but I think he's one that, irrespective of who was manager, he'd have been blooded in the following season. I was able to do that but he wasn't someone who played every game, he was someone we brought in and out, and it was a good transition for him."
Already a regular with England Under-21s, some believe that, like Everton's Ross Barkley, there is a case for Redmond to be fast-tracked into the senior squad. Understandably, perhaps, Hughton looked a little alarmed at the suggestion.
"Being in the Under-21 squad he is effectively two years above his age, and that's very nice and bright progress to have made. As good as he was today, there'll be days when he finds it harder."
Let him develop, in other words, a plea echoed with impressive maturity by the player himself.
"It's hard being a young English player in this league, because all the emphasis is on how good they're going to be instead of just giving them time and letting them play and the media attention can become an issue," Redmond said.
"But if I keep going out and enjoying my football, hopefully everything else will take care of itself. As a wide player you have to get more crosses in, but I like to play No10 as well, and I like goals as much as crosses. It's hard in the Premier League to get goals, though, and I have a lot to learn."
Hughton may have picked up another bargain in the £4m Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer. The 23-year-old has two senior international caps and showed why, with a performance of relentless drive, energy and intelligent passing.
While there were many things to admire on the field, the refereeing of Howard Webb was not among them. Not awarding Southampton a penalty when Adam Lallana's shot was blocked – or, more accurately, saved – by Bradley Johnson's raised hands was ludicrous.
That he went on to turn down an equally strong Norwich claim, when Robert Snodgrass was bundled to the floor by José Fonte in added time, does not mean Webb balanced things up, simply that he was badly wrong twice.
Man of the match Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)