England boss Fabio Capello has moved to assure Arsenal winger Theo Walcott after his flat performance against Egypt.
Walcott did enjoy a good early run, when he burst through the Egyptian back four and set Lampard up with an opportunity he should have buried.
After that, it was regression, back to the type of form that has seen Walcott consigned to the substitutes' bench at Arsenal.
"When you don't play a lot of games and then you get the chance to start one you try to do impossible things," reflected Capello.
"But Theo is still one of the important players.
"He is one of the faster players. I remember his performances before he got injured. He still has time to improve."