Tottenham new boy Scott Parker played a prominent role in England's 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Friday evening, to help the Three Lions open up a three point lead at the top of Euro 2012 Qualification Group G.
Two goals from Wayne Rooney after Gary Cahill's opener gave Fabio Capello's side a comfortable lead before the break, and the result never looked in doubt as England dominated possession and ran out comfortable winners.
The deadline day arrival from West Ham was perhaps the standout performer from a host of Spurs stars away on international duty during the forced break from domestic action, alongside Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale - who also impressed in Wales' 2-1 victory over Montenegro at the Millennium Stadium.
Playing in an unfamiliar role on the right hand side of a front three in Gary Speed's newly deployed 4-3-3 formation, Bale was a constant threat in attack and set up what proved to be the winning goal after laying the ball off for captain Aaron Ramsey to give Wales their first competitive win under their new boss.
Vedran Corluka also played 90minutes for Croatia as they ran out 3-1 winners against Malta in Group F, meanwhile Luka Modric was an unused substitute.
Younes Kaboul featured for France in Les Bleus tightly-contested 2-1 victory over Albania in Group D, and Roman Pavlyuchenko came on as a second-half substitute as Russia beat Macedonia 1-0 to top Group B.