Harry Kane scored on his comeback from an ankle injury as Tottenham eased past West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon, the England captain making a surprisingly quick return to the fray and providing a boost not only to the national team but also to his out-of-form club.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho told BT Sport: "He is one of the best strikers in the world."
Although the sight of his skipper back out on the pitch will have cheered Gareth Southgate, the England manager will know that his plans for the opening World Cup qualifiers at the end of March, and the Euros in the summer, are very much dependent on which players he will have available.
Speaking after his Newcastle United side defeated Southampton on Saturday, a game in which England hopeful Callum Wilson sustained an injury, Magpies boss Steve Bruce believes the hectic schedule of the season is taking its toll.
"We were simply playing too much in December and January and most clubs are falling to pieces with it," said Bruce.