Jay Bothroyd inspired Cardiff to a 4-2 victory at Scunthorpe to hand Fabio Capello a timely reminder of his quality just hours before the England boss names his squad for Wednesday's friendly against France.
Bothroyd, this week named in Capello's provisional party, is gunning for his first senior international call-up.
And based on this showing he could well be set to swap Glanford Park for Wembley Stadium having grabbed a brace to take his tally for the season to 15 in 16 games, while also providing an assist for Michael Chopra.
Cardiff's first-half dominance was unquestionable, with Bothroyd, 28, breaking the deadlock from close range with just 54 seconds on the clock and Chopra adding a second after nine minutes in similar circumstances.
Bothroyd's header doubled his tally for the afternoon before Kevin McDonald reduced the deficit just prior to half-time.
Yet it was firmly a game of two halves and Scunthorpe had the visitors on the ropes after the break, Dany N'Guessan making it 3-2, before Seyi Olofinjana made certain of the points.