Just why do England play friendlies?
It is a question that has long puzzled me given the paucity of entertainment on offer and the ways the games are treated by coaches and players - and that was before I watched England bore their way to a 1-0 victory over Austria, a team ranked 88th in the world.
A team whose own fans have launched a petition urging Austria to pull out of Euro 2008 and give their automatic spot to the best team that missed out in the qualifying competition.
The last time I was engrossed by an international friendly was when England beat Argentina 3-2 in Switzerland in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup. Now that was a game of football - two sides that actually appeared vaguely interested in providing value for money.
Clearly money talks. England command top dollar in the television market, while the prospect of close to 5,000 fans jetting in to Vienna obviously peps up the Austrian tourism industry at a quiet time of the year.
But really wouldn't it have been better for all concerned if England had stayed at home.
If this meaningless friendly had not been arranged striker Michael Owen would still be fit to play against Croatia next Wednesday.
Hindsight is always easy but given Owen's recurring injury problems and the absence of Wayne Rooney, would not the smart move have been to rest him ahead of next week's potentially crucial qualifier?
Steve McClaren issued the usual list of cliches about Owen's loss - "Injuries are part of football," he said - but this mind-numbing win only served to raise more questions about the England coach's tactical acumen.
Just why does he persist with the midfield quartet of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole?
McClaren spoke glowingly of man-of-the-match Lampard but no reporter seemed willing to pose the question that the Chelsea midfielder's partnership with Gerrard remains dead in the water and shows no sign of a Lazarus-like resurrection.
But I'd hate to leave you on a depressing note.
There was another friendly going on Friday - between France and Morocco in Paris and by the look of things in the 2-2 draw it turned out to be quite entertaining.
Keep an eye on Sidney Govou's goal for France, very much a case of the ridiculous to the sublime - now that is what friendlies should be all about.