England U21s provided the perfect prelude to the senior squad's match tonight with a 6-0 mauling of Scotland U21s.
After a week of build up which revolved mainly around one Wayne Rooney, Roy Hodgson will have been happy to get back to the football as he took charge of the U21s for one night only. The search for a successor to Stuart Pearce has yet to conclude, although rumoured candidate Michael Appleton was in the stands.
England were 6 goals to the good with barely an hour played, with Nathan Redmond and Raheem Sterling scoring before the interval. A frenzied 11 minutes in the second half saw Ross Barkley, Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey and Tom Carroll all score as a hapless Scotland imploded.
Chances came thick and fast all night and the score could have easily been more.
Having failed to secure a single point in the European Championships in the summer, the U21s were clearly out to impress Hodgson who would have enjoyed a post match press conference which didn't involve questions about Wayne Rooney.
Senior captain Steven Gerrard was not so lucky however, fielding questions about Rooney's fitness ahead of tonight's match.
If Rooney and co. can give half the performance that England's young guns gave last night, then it will be one to remember in the world's oldest derby.