Never again will English critics deride Sweden's captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a flat-pack bully. One chastening evening in the land of Ikea has altered the image of Ibrahimovic in English eyes. England now need to develop their own responsibility-taking match-winners capable of the unexpected.
Any ludicrously lingering doubts about his ability ended with the quartet of footballing firecrackers that Ibrahimovic launched into England's goal in the Friends Arena.
In particular, that fourth goal was a special blend of athleticism, opportunism and technique. It was a "work of art" in the apt description of Roy Hodgson, who must have been -quietly relieved as the focus on Ibrahimovic's brilliance reduced the forensic examination of England's shortcomings.
Ibrahimovic's determination to punish England continued off the pitch with his dismissive treatment of the BBC and ITV. He is very aware of how he has been perceived by the English following constant past travails against Premier League clubs until skewering Arsenal in the -Champions League at the San Siro in February.
"There's no doubt Ibrahimovic is a world-class player,'' said Hodgson. "He's shown it at every club he's been at, not least at Malmo in 2000 when I was at FC Copenhagen and went to watch him play. I've known for 12 years this is a world-class player. You don't win championships with Barcelona, Inter, Milan and Juventus unless you're something special.''
Asked whether England have an Ibrahimovic, Hodgson replied: "Well, Wayne Rooney is a top-class player. We have to hope he can produce top performances. I believe in Wayne Rooney very strongly, as of course do Manchester United."
Rooney missed the trip to Stockholm yet remains fundamental to any chance England have of reaching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. England lost top spot in Group H to Montenegro, heaping even more significance on the March 26 journey to Podgorica. Rooney, a momentarily frustrated figure, was dismissed there last year and owes England a strong, points-harvesting display.
Hodgson attempts to evolve a new England, a more fluid, youthful 4-2-3-1 system after admitting that he took "quite a conservative group" to Euro 2012. "If anything, we have become a lot less conservative and the players have responded very positively,'' he said.
If England qualify for Brazil, Hodgson's line-up could look something like: Hart; G Johnson, Jagielka, Caulker, Baines; Gerrard, Wilshere; Sterling, Rooney, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Welbeck.
Meanwhile, Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young could also push for starts at right-back, centre-back and left wing respectively.
Rooney remains the forward creative hub, and the returning Jack Wilshere and enduring Steven Gerrard should dovetail well with him, although the team still lack a defensive midfielder.
Hodgson knows he must get the best out of Rooney, coaxing the sort of consistent excellence that Sir Alex Ferguson has.
"Alex has done it very well over the years,'' said Hodgson. "I don't think you have to do anything specific to get the best out of Wayne. We know the ability he has and his commitment to the cause. But of course there's a lot of pressure and if he doesn't have a good game a lot of questions are asked of him. That's the responsibility he bears.
"Steven Gerrard has the same responsibility. If he plays for England and doesn't play well everyone says 'why not? Why can't we get the best out of him?'
"Those players are desperate to be in Brazil. I expect to see some very good games from people like Rooney, Gerrard, Michael Carrick and Ashley Cole etc, etc in the future."
Hodgson described Carrick as "fantastic", indicating he remains an important part of his plans despite England benefiting from the welcome return of Wilshere. "The biggest benefit will be Jack playing well for Arsenal,'' said Hodgson.
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling impressed the England manager in the 4-2 defeat. "He had a difficult start, the first challenge put him down and severely winded him,'' said Hodgson. "I was a bit concerned how he'd react. But his reaction was very good and he had a golden spell towards the end of the first half and the beginning of the second and that bodes very well for the future."
Hodgson also praised Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Caulker.
"Leon Osman deserved a mention,'' said Hodgson. "I believed in him, gave him a chance and he took the chance. He's certainly a name we will be discussing very seriously the next time we get together.
"Caulker and Gary Cahill both did very well. There's a lot of talent - a boy at Manchester United called Smalling who I've always thought is going to be a top-class centre-half.''
He admitted he was not tempted to play the dual-nationality players Sterling, Carl Jenkinson and Wilfried Zaha against San Marino in the qualifier on March 22, so tying them down for England. "No, I don't believe in 'tying them down','' said Hodgson, emphasising that he only wanted those committed to the cause of St George.
Hodgson could point any wavering minds in the direction of Ibrahimovic. He could have represented Bosnia but chose Sweden, where he grew up, and player and country have certainly benefited. Ask England.