The midfielder will become an irreplaceable figure for club and country in the coming years.
The 26-year-old will need to take more responsibility in possession to catch Roy Hodgson’s eye.
Mario Balotelli is clearly no longer assured of an Azzurri place after Antonio Conte’s side did fine without him in Norway.
The biggest obstacle to European Championship qualification has already been surmounted.
No player on the Basel pitch was tidier, but Roy Hodgson hasn’t conjured up a midfield anchor out of thin air.
Elsewhere Italian and Moldovan renaissances continue, while Spain and Croatia will also prevail.
Assuming pre-orange intake leads was a Three Lions speciality in booking their World Cup spot, but frying the big fish on the road was troublesome.
Like the lion’s share of Roy Hodgson’s midfield options Jordan Henderson is no natural in a ‘two’.