Estonia left-back Artur Pikk had played five minutes of international football before Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against England. Yet he lined up against Wayne Rooney and co, put in more than a decent shift against Premier League stars and ... had to report back to the Estonian army barracks by midnight.
Army service is compulsory in Estonia for all males and, while top athletes don't have to serve the standard eight months, they are obliged to undertake a crash course lasting three months.
Wayne Rooney edged one step closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring record by saving England's blushes in the Baltic.
Rooney is now just six shy of becoming England's highest-ever goalscorer thanks to a 74th minute free-kick, which Sergei Pareiko fumbled into his net to hand the Three Lions a 1-0 win over 10-man Estonia.
For much of the match England looked like coming away from the A. Le Coq Arena with no more than a point.
Roy Hodgson's team dominated the game from start to finish, but they wasted...