The predictions that England would lose their opening game of the World Cup were right, but the manner in which Roy Hodgson's side fell to the Italians has left many feeling as positive as if they had won.
England's 2-1 defeat in Manaus on Saturday was played out among a backdrop of subplots, with the weather and the pitch hot topics for conversation.
Since the final whistle, the role of Wayne Rooney in Hodgson's starting XI that remains the talking point, but also the potential of the young team the Three Lions manager is assembling.
Far from being cautious and nervy, England's youngsters took the game to Italy, and had things fell more in their favour, they may well have come away with the three points needed to take control of Group D.
It was a positive evening for England. Here are five things supporters of the Three Lions can look forward to.