The 23-year-old was introduced on 56 minutes and hit the woodwork with a header just four minutes after entering the action. He made no mistake with a similar opportunity on 70 minutes, though, to notch his first international strike.
Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard and Reds full-back Glen Johnson were afforded a watching brief tonight ahead of the crunch clash with Group H rivals Montenegro on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Martin Skrtel wore the captain's armband and played the full 90 minutes as Slovakia came from a goal behind to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania in Group G.
Daniel Agger enjoyed considerably more success as skipper of Denmark - the centre-back helped his country ease to a 3-0 victory away from home against the Czech Republic.
Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina watched on from the substitutes' bench as reigning world champions Spain were pegged back to a surprise 1-1 draw with Finland in Gijon.
In Montevideo, Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez is currently representing Uruguay in their South American qualifier at home to Paraguay. Club teammate Sebastian Coates is among the substitutes.