Rejoice everyone, the international break is over. Premier League football is just days from a return and that means competitive matches are only hours away from being back on our screens! It is a long, long two weeks when club football is hibernating, but we can at least follow some of our favourite Premier League stars on their adventures during the break.
The majority of clubs reach double figures on their international list. Many head off to far-flung corners of the globe for their qualifiers and it will often have a knock on effect on the next set of Premier League fixtures. The question is, how did your club’s players get on during the international fortnight?
Arsenal: With so many of the squad in action, it was Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi who performed most strongly. Theo Walcott suffered a poor two games with England, while Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for the weekend after travelling to South America.
Bournemouth: Injury to Harry Arter will have worried Eddie Howe, but Joshua King’s goal will perhaps give the manager faith that his side can find some goalscoring form.
Burnley: A quiet break will have been refreshing for Dyche, who has no new injury concerns as a result.
Chelsea: Goals for Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic were positives, while the Blues’ under-21s impressed for England again.
Crystal Palace: James McArthur continued his excellent start to the season by playing the role of hero to score Scotland’s late equaliser against Lithuania.
Everton: Most of the squad featured for their countries, but Enner Valencia was the real story. Escaping from the field under the pursuit of police, the loanee became a viral sensation before scoring twice in the next game.
Hull: A goal for Dieumerci Mbokani will give his confidence a boost, while David Marshall, Robert Snodgrass and Andrew Robertson suffered a tough couple of games with Scotland.
Leicester: Islam Slimani, Riyad Mahrez, Daniel Amartey and Shinji Okazaki featured heavily, which may make Claudio Ranieri’s selection tricky this weekend.
Liverpool: Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho were excellent, Roberto Firmino scored, but the injury to Georginio Wijnaldum could make things tricky for Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester City: Kelechi Iheanacho scored again, whilst Sergio Aguero picked up a knock and Fernandinho was excellent. Business as usual for the Citizens, then.
Manchester United: A goal and an assist for Antonio Valencia, a Paul Pogba stunner and a surprisingly strong display from Jesse Lingard. Pretty predictable for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Middlesbrough: It’s fair to say it was quiet for Boro the past week or so. Viktor Fischer started both of Denmark’s games but was taken off late on both times.
Southampton: Dusan Tadic continued his brilliant form for Serbia – he has scored or assisted their last 10 goals – but injuries to both Ryan Bertrand and Shane Long made sure that the break did Claude Puel’s side more harm than good.
Stoke City: There were minutes for most of Stoke’s international players during the break. However, it was in the Austria versus Wales game where they really performed – Joe Allen and Marko Arnautovic both found the net.
Sunderland: Fitting with their season, Sunderland’s players were underwhelming during the break. Minutes for Lamine Kone, Didier N’Dong and Wahbi Khazri will hopefully have helped them to forget about the Black Cats’ early season form.
Swansea: Gylfi Sigurdsson, as he so often is, was brilliant for Iceland. He notched an assist as England’s Euro conquerors squeaked past Finland, while Ki Sung-Yeung captained South Korea to victory.
Tottenham: Goals for Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen helped the Lilywhites continue their collective form as individuals, although Kevin Wimmer managed to score an own goal. Ben Davies and Christian Eriksen both featured for their nations, too, but the fitness of Danny Rose could of concern after he was forced to play almost two complete matches for England.
Watford: Several Watford players were given the chance to relax over the break, as only a few made it onto the pitch for their countries. Juan Carlos Paredes had the most successful break, as he helped Ecuador take four points from two games.
West Brom: An injury suffered by Darren Fletcher will be the main concern for Pulis when all his players return, while Nacer Chadli received a rest as he was left out of the Belgium line-up.
West Ham: Dimitri Payet notched an ‘assist’ for Paul Pogba’s screamer and Darren Randolph conceded just one goal in two games for Ireland.