Wayne Rooney reflected positively on his first opportunity for competitive action ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, after a 67-minute cameo in England's 3-2 international friendly victory over Scotland at Wembley last night.
After an impressive showing in training, having linked up with the Three Lions squad on Monday, manager Roy Hodgson had no qualms about selecting Rooney from the start, for Wednesday's fiercely-contested home nations clash.
Rooney appeared fit and eager to impress in his lone-striker role as he led the England line, and was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet, after his first-half goal was wrongly ruled offside, having latched onto a pinpoint pass from captain Steven Gerrard.
England were forced to come from behind twice, after goals from James Morrison and Kenny Miller were cancelled out by Theo Walcott and Rooney's Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck.
However, it was England debutant Rickie Lambert who grabbed the headlines, after he netted the decisive goal with his first touch in international football, a well-taken header from a Leighton Baines corner, less than three minutes after the Southampton striker's introduction in place of Rooney.
Reflecting on last night's victory, Rooney said on his official Facebook page: "Happy to play my first competitive game of the season last night, felt good and it will definitely help my fitness.
"Disappointed my goal was disallowed, it was a great pass from Steven [Gerrard] and I thought I timed my run perfectly. The replays seemed to show it was onside."
Rooney also paid personal tribute to the man who replaced him against Scotland last night, adding: "Made up for Rickie Lambert getting the winner and his first goal for England. What a great debut."