With the “hard work” already done following a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley, attentions this week turned to a largely meaningless friendly between England and Italy.
Yet no one told the fans on Twitter, with social media awash with comment on everything involving the Three Lions, Harry Kane and a certain Mr Andros Townsend.
Here are some of the best Tweets from a reasonably entertaining night in Turin.
After scoring after 79 seconds against the mighty Lithuania, fans were trying not to get too carried away with the news that Kane was set to start against Italy. They failed though.
Only one man can save us now… Is it a bird. Is it a Plane. No it's Harry Kane! pic.twitter.com/q0zy7bEw8q
— Transfer Site (@TransferSite) March 31, 2015
Still, while comparing the Tottenham youngster to Superman was daft, it soon appeared to be something of a sensible suggestion when put alongside Rodney Marsh’s latest, downright daft, comments.
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 31, 2015
One man who appeared happy to have Kane in the ranks was good old Roy Hodgson though, as this lovely little dance demonstrates.
Roy's happy he's got Harry Kane https://t.co/sqOI4I4I1P
— Tim Lóvejøy (@timlovejoy) March 31, 2015
Mind you, ESPN seemed eager to put the Spurs starlet in his place.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 31, 2015
Elsewhere, Joe Hart garnered some attention for what would be his 50th appearance for England – someone even put together a lovely highlights reel.
— England (@england) March 31, 2015
Meanwhile, the fans were looking forward to the match…
Watching England tonight like… pic.twitter.com/zc1sCfviS6
— Sunday League FC (@SundayLeagueFC) March 31, 2015
In a nervy first half, Italy took the lead with a goal from a misfiring Southampton striker. Typical…
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 31, 2015
Most people couldn’t stay mad at the photogenic forward for too long though.
Graziano Pelle's glossy hair makes it hard for one to stay mad at him for too long
— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) March 31, 2015
Opta highlighted one rather concerning statistic for England fans too.
6 – Six of the last nine goals scored in international matches involving England have been headers. Leap.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2015
At half-time, whoever was running the official Southampton FC Twitter account appeared to be in shock at seeing Pelle score an actual goal, opting to post a series of pictures as proof to any Saints fans out there.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 31, 2015
Sky Sports News, meanwhile, brought us all the important information from the games that mattered.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) March 31, 2015
With England starting the second half brightly and Kane looking increasingly unlikely to score a goal of any kind, Roy Hodgson decided to turn to the Three Lions’ previous boy wonder – Townsend.
No, not Andy – he was doing a fine job on commentary duty.
Listening to Andy Townsend commentate… pic.twitter.com/zw9oR1Xoud
— Top Corner (@HITCtopcorner) March 31, 2015
— Mirror Row Zed (@MirrorRowZed) March 27, 2015
As he always has done…
This still remains my favourite bit of Andy Townsend punditry http://t.co/g3vJWv8c4O
— Josh Widdicombe (@joshwiddicombe) March 27, 2015
Back to the game and it was Andros, not Andy, who delivered a great equaliser for England.
Townsend. Wow! https://t.co/KxSHfS010F
— Footy Memes (@FootyMemes) March 31, 2015
And if there is one thing he loves, it’s a shot from outside the box.
3 – All three of Andros Townsend's goals for England have come from outside the box. Rocket.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2015
The game finished as a draw, with England much improved in the second period.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) April 1, 2015
The final word must go to Townsend though, who had an Alan Partridge-style “needless to say I had the last laugh” moment with Paul Merson on Twitter. Nice.
— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) March 31, 2015
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