Jay Bothroyd will always remember his England debut but that will be it for the Cardiff City striker, according to Tim Hart
And the Cardiff City striker rightly hailed his international debut as the proudest moment of his career.
But don’t think this is the start of a successful England career. Rather it raises a question; what does it say about the state of English football when you have to call upon a player from the second tier to represent their country?
The last time England played France in a friendly at Wembley the strike force consisted of Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Andy Cole and Robbie Fowler.
Last night England had Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole and Bothroyd. Hardly a foursome which strikes fear into the world’s greatest defenders.
Bothroyd’s selection was little more than a default selection with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent all sidelined through injury.
And why Kevin Davies wasn’t selected after his domineering performance for Bolton Wanderers last weekend is anybody’s guess.
Bothroyd’s selection was a token gesture from Fabio Capello to show he’s prepared to make changes after the dismal World Cup performance.
Does anyone else remember David Nugent’s brief stint for England in 2007 when he played for Preston North End? He even scored a goal in a 3-0 victory over Andorra.
The reality is when England play Wales in Cardiff on 26 March Bothroyd will not be anywhere near the England squad.
Somewhat ironically he’ll probably be sitting in the Cardiff Millennium Stadium, just a mile down from his home ground, watching on as a spectator.
The former Arsenal trainee got his name into the history books but this is where the story ends for Bothroyd.