It was the afternoon that confirmed beyond all doubt that Phil Foden belongs on the grandest of stages.
Manchester City's 19-year-old tyro bestrode the Wembley turf as effortlessly as if enjoying a kick-around with his mates down the local park.
Setting up the opening goal, scored by Sergio Aguero, was the high point of an accomplished display of intelligent positioning, silky touches and deft passes.
Phil Foden clutches his man of the match award after a brilliant Carabao Cup final display
The 19-year-old was excellent on the right side of City's midfield as they beat Aston Villa 2-1
It wasn't the first time Foden has graced the Wembley turf and, my goodness, it certainly won't be the last.
But it was the first time the teenager had started a major final and been entrusted by Pep Guardiola to set the tone for another City success.
And, despite being played in a wider midfield position to the central role he has grown accustomed to, Foden did exactly that and much more besides in a man of the match performance.
It's pretty absurd that Foden has won eight winner's medals for City - two Premier League, one FA Cup, three EFL Cup and two Community Shield - or one for every 303 minutes of first-team football.
After Sunday, the clamour for Foden to get a first call-up to the England senior squad will increase another few notches.
Foden has been forced to be patient but Pep Guardiola is slowly giving him more opportunities
Homegrown talent Foden has become used to warming the bench for Manchester City
Gareth Southgate's assistant, Steve Holland, watched Foden at Wembley on Sunday and Southgate is giving serious consideration to his inclusion in the squad to face Italy and Denmark at the end of this month.
There are already thoughts of Foden being a wildcard pick for this summer's European Championship and we can be sure he will figure in Southgate's thinking.
But Foden may be forced to play the waiting game with England as he has done at City. However, the feeling is that Foden's breakthrough is soon to be completed.
He has only been handed two Premier League and two Champions League starts by Guardiola this season, warming the bench for the most part in the biggest games.
There has been more regular involvement in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup as is the norm with younger players still learning their craft.
But Foden's time draws close. He is viewed at City as the heir to David Silva and the Spaniard has already announced he will depart this summer.
England boss Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland are keeping an eye on Foden
Foden has impressed for England's under-21 team and first senior call-up is expected soon
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Silva has been a mesmeric player for a decade but there is clearly a belief that Foden can and will step into his boots next season.
As Guardiola made clear back in January: 'David is going to leave this season and we are not going to buy any player in his position because we have Phil.
'If we didn't believe in him we might go to the market to replace David, but we have Phil.'
So it looks pretty likely that Foden will inherit Silva's job in central midfield,