Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez shine in England Uefa Nations League win

That came in the performances of Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, who played in a manner which suggested they are more than ready to become a regular part of England's starting line-up.

Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez shine in England Uefa Nations League win
Alexander-Arnold attempted 18 crosses in this match, the most by an England player in a single game since David Beckham (19) against Andorra in June 2009

Southgate will have another bonus when the dust settles on England's ultimately unfulfilling Uefa Nations League finals.

That came in the performances of Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, who played in a manner which suggested they are more than ready to become a regular part of England's starting line-up.

Man of the Match
Alexander-Arnold gave a superb performance at right-back, not only completing admittedly rare defensive duties but giving a masterclass of the attacking side of the game.

The 20-year-old who won the Champions League with Liverpool in Madrid, provided a stream of quality service and his all-round display was in contrast to the sloppiness of his main rival for a starting place, Kyle Walker, in England's two games here in Portugal. It was a surprise when he was switched to the left to accommodate Walker's arrival as a substitute.

Gomez, whose season was curtailed by a broken leg sustained at Burnley and was only a substitute when Liverpool enjoyed their glory in Madrid, also showed he will soon be pushing his way to the front of the queue of England's central defenders.

Gomez has pace, power and composure and Southgate must hope he now enjoys an injury-free run because he can become a formidable presence at the heart of England's defence.

What they said
England boss Gareth Southgate: "We weren't against Jordan taking a penalty at the World Cup last summer, it was probably just that a few others had shown a better level but he would be among our better penalty takers.

"Of course if it goes against you, you know as a coach you get it in the neck so I was really pleased to see it go in.

"We all wanted to go forward further and there was a determination to go out with a strong performance. We owed it to ourselves as a group and the 98% of the fans who have supported us incredibly.

"We recognise now that you don't get many opportunities as an international team and we want to really strive to take the next step."

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford: "We always say, 'Do what it takes to win a game', and I was a bit nervous taking my penalty - but I'm not nervous saving them.

"We practise them when there's a major competition or the Nations League, we practise them consistently. I picked my spot and I always seem to be able to get a goal, but I've never taken one in a real game, so I was a bit nervous.

"I think we took (off) Harry Kane and some of the other lads who take penalties, so I wasn't sure where I was in the pecking order. But it's what you practise for, you practise all the time to make sure you make it easier on the day."