James Ward-Prowse hailed a special night at St Mary’s, after captaining England Under-21s to a 3-2 victory against Italy.
Ward-Prowse’s corner was met by Saints teammate Jack Stephens deep into stoppage time to cap an already memorable occasion.
After showing great character to turn the game around and extend their unbeaten run to 15 games, the 22-year-old was pleased with a stern examination of their credentials.
“It was a special feeling leading the team out. The manager reminded us before the game of how far we’ve come, both individually and a team so it was a nice moment to reflect,” he said.
“I think it’s our toughest test so far and we suffered a few setbacks. We know we didn’t play our best football.
“These are what the friendlies are for to test things out and see where we are weak and where we are strong so we get to work on a few things.”
On Stephens’ later winner, he added: “It was great and it was nice to finally score from a set-piece.
“Those are the sort of memories we can create and that will be a memory that lasts with me for a long time.”