Manchester United star striker Wayne Rooney may have stolen all the headlines but Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor was suitably happy with the opening impression he hopes to have left with England manager Fabio Capello.
The new England boss started his Soho Square duties 48 hours early to assess the wealth of England talent on show in the FA Cup third round tie at Villa Park and in the end had the chance to run his eye over nine contenders.
One of those, Agbonlahor, has already impressed at England Under-21 level and the 21-year-old Erdington-born player hopes he has already given the new boss food for thought.
Agbonlahor said: "It did not affect me that the England manager was in the stands far from it I just went out there to play my game and hopefully he liked what he saw. I would have liked to have scored but that didn't happen but I hope he still saw something in me.
"It wasn't the best game by our standards but I hope Fabio Capello will see the standard of player we have got here and so many young English boys."
Reflecting on Villa's 2-0 defeat, Agbonlahor said the team had been expecting a difficult game against their bogey cup side but felt this time they had been unlucky to concede two late goals when a replay had looked on the cards.
He said: "It was always going to be a tough game but we felt we have been a bit unlucky.
"I just hope we don't get them again next season in the cup!"
And the Villa striker, who has scored seven goals so far this season, said while the team had dreamed of a good FA Cup run this time round, at least now they could turn their attentions back to the league and their bid to try and secure European football this season.
He said: "It is important now that we get back to league duty. The cup is gone now but we have just played the best team in the country and, for quite a bit of the game, we matched them.
"I still think we have a really good chance to get into Europe because our league form is good.
"We are all now looking at getting back to it and we have to play Reading now here at Villa Park on Saturday.
"They have conceded quite a few goals lately so hopefully we can get a few against them at the weekend."
Agbonlahor's striking partner John Carew nicknamed Rooney "Braveheart" and told Capello the Manchester United star will be "worth his weight in gold" in his efforts to bring glory to the nation.
Carew, who played under Capello at Roma, said: "Rooney is a great player and the way he moves and runs is impressive. He created two or three chances and he did a 40 or 50-yard sprint to get into the box for the goal.
"A player like that is worth his weight in gold. He missed one chance but his run from midfield was fantastic and not many forwards would even think about doing that. He got into a good position and on the goal he did it again.
"They should call Rooney 'Braveheart' or something like that because he is playing with a big heart.
"The English should be proud of him because they have a great player there with a great future and he is the kind of player who would fit in any team in the world.
"I am sure Fabio Capello will look to build his team around Rooney because he has been dealing with big teams and players before."
Carew also urged Capello not to judge Agbonlahor and Ashley Young purely on their performance against United.
Villa skipper Gareth Barry had suggested before the game that knowledge of Capello's presence may put extra pressure on young players trying to impress the Italian.
Carew said: "Capello should not judge people like Gabby and Ashley on that one game, absolutely not. They are great players and I'm sure he will also watch some videos of them in the earlier matches.
"When you know Mr Capello is in the stands, maybe you can get a bit nervous but I don't think that was a problem. He should absolutely come here and look at the Villa players because they have been really impres- sive and will continue to be so."