James Milner and Wayne Rooney both scored last night to illustrate that English football has a bright future ahead.
When James Milner and Wayne Rooney got themselves on the scoresheet in last night's match between Leeds and Everton it showed just how exciting the future of English football could be.
As Premiership clubs opt more and more for talent from abroad, Milner and Rooney's goals were a timely reminder of how much local talent is coming through the system.
Both began as schoolboys for their clubs, and both won caps for their country at youth level - but it wasn't until the early stages of last season that they became familiar to fans across the country.
Rooney was the first to garner attention when, four days before his 17th birthday, he scored a last-minute winner against Premier League champions Arsenal to end their 31-match unbeaten record - and break the record for the youngest Premiership goalscorer.
But the ink had barely dried on the columns singing the praises of English football's latest discovery when Milner scored against Sunderland on Boxing Day - and broke Rooney's record by four days.
Rooney, now 18, took back the spotlight in the following February when he was named in England's squad to face Australia, leapfrogging the under-21 level. He finally got his chance when hecame on as a half-time substitute in the 3-1 dfeat at Upton Park.
He has gone on to play eleven more times for Sven-Goran Eriksson's team, and in September last year he ended Michael Owen's reign as England's youngest goalscorer when, aged 17 years and 317 days, he headed in David Beckham's cross for the equaliser against Macedonia.
He proved the goal was no flash in the pan by scoring three days later against Liechtenstein, before his effort against Denmark in a friendly in November, and is hoping to be included in England's squad to travel to Portugal this summer.
But while Rooney has been firmly in the public eye, Milner, also 18, has quietly been going about his business at Elland Road. He has been capped at both Under-17 and Under-19 level for England, and this season he has proved useful in Leeds' fight to avoid relegation, with five goals to his credit.
Milner still remains very much an outside chance for a place in the England squad to travel to the European Championships, but his efforts for both club and country show he is a definite bet for the future.