A busy day in the Premier League after international duty for England stars
Joleon Lescott, one of England's best performers in Montenegro and San Marino, earned a return to the Manchester City side on Saturday and helped them beat Newcastle United 4-0 at the Etihad.
Joe Hart was also in goal for the champions, as they kept a clean sheet and kept the title race just about alive with a trip to leaders Manchester United looming.
Sky Blues boss Roberto Mancini also has The FA Cup on his mind, however - as City will face United or Chelsea in the Semi-Final at Wembley.
Mancini said: "It was a good performance. It was not easy because Newcastle are a good team but we played very well. Maybe it is too late [for the title].
"We had a lot of chances to score and I am happy. It was important, after Everton, to start winning again quickly.
"If we play like this we won't have a problem in the last couple of months of the season. It's important to get second place and to win The FA Cup Semi-Final now."
Meanwhile England's Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all started for United as they kept their 15-point gap at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Sunderland.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with his team's battling qualities after Robin Van Persie's deflected winner.
He said: "It was a battle in the second half and you have to give Sunderland credit as they had a real go at us.
"We picked up two or three injuries and our goalkeeper was hurt so it was a real battling performance.
"We've got to win four games out of the last eight and it's important we focus on the Manchester City game which is next at home."
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a lively impact on Arsenal's 4-1 win over Reading at the Emirates, coming on as a second-half sub to win a penalty for the Gunners. That spot-kick was duly despatched by Mikel Arteta.
England Under-21 stars present and past Nathaniel Clyne, Luke Shaw, Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez helped Southampton earn a shock 2-1 victory over Chelsea.
The Blues team also featured Under-21 teammate Ryan Bertrand as well as Frank Lampard - but Ashley Cole was rested, perhaps in preparation for Monday's FA Cup Sixth Round replay against Manchester United.
Michael Dawson was back from injury for Tottenham as they won 2-1 at Swansea with Scott Parker, Aaaron Lennon and Kyle Walker all on show.
And Andy Carroll scored twice for West Ham as they beat West Brom, and Ben Foster in goal, by 3-1 at Upton Park.
Leighton Baines was also one of Everton's star performers against Stoke at Goodison Park.