This contest was approaching its interval when Wayne Rooney's pre-season endured its latest pang of annoyance.
Rickie Lambert admitted his headed winner against Scotland was beyond his "wildest dreams" after the debutant left the bench and – only 166 seconds later – summoned an emphatic first touch in international football to secure England's success at a raucous national stadium.
The oldest international derby retains its intrigue.
Jack Wilshere has insisted he is over his fitness problems and ready to start playing regularly for England, with Steven Gerrard tipping the Arsenal player to win 100 caps and take over the captaincy.
Roy Hodgson has admitted being concerned about Wayne Rooney's frame of mind approaching a World Cup season for England and intends to call together the Manchester United and Chelsea players in his squad to insist they do not allow club issues, in this case the future of his principal striker, to impinge on the national team.
Roy Hodgson has decided to promote Wilfried Zaha to the England squad for the friendly against Scotland as a reward for his impressive pre-season form since joining Manchester United.
Roy Hodgson is facing the distinct possibility of being down to one fully fit striker for England's friendly against Scotland and suffering his first injury pile-up of the season even before a ball has been kicked in anger.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan showed great form for Borussia Dortmund against FC Basel this evening.
Roy Hodgson said his England players could regard the 2-2 draw against Brazil as a "coming of age" because of the way they prevented their first trip to South America since 1984 from turning into an ordeal.
Roy Hodgson has insisted he is "not a person stuck with a system" as he was forced to defend himself from criticism ahead of Sunday's friendly against Brazil and the specific allegation that his preference for a 4-4-2 formation is outdated.