For many Premier League fans around the world, the international break could not have come at a worse time.
Just two points separate the top four but there are some intriguing stories beginning to develop up and down the table.
Even a fierce clash between England and Scotland on Friday has done little to enthuse many supporters who have become disenchanted with international football of late.
Therefore it will be up to the players to put on a good enough show to encourage fans to get behind their national team again.
All eyes will be on England interim manager Gareth Southgate to see if he can pass the final part of his audition to take the job on a permanent basis.
However, his preparations for the match at Wembley haven't been helped by various players already pulling out from the squad after being unable to take part in training.
Their withdrawals meant that some youngsters from the Under-21 team were called up to mix it with the senior side on Tuesday, including Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah.
And the confident 21-year-old made the quite impression by scoring a cracking half-volley from the edge of the box.
England's official Instagram account posted a video - which you can watch below - as Chalobah channelled his inner Paul Pogba with a brilliant hit past Tom Heaton.
An initial cross into the box is headed out by Michael Keane, only for Chalobah to ignore Jesse Lingard's best attempt at a block and rifle home a first-time half-volley with the same technique Pogba used for his own impressive effort against Swansea last weekend.
It doesn't quite have the spin on the ball the Manchester United star was able to generate but you can't argue with the end result and the various players, coaches and other watchers-on were clearly impressed too.
Chalobah has been allowed to make a few cameo appearances off the bench for Chelsea this season following six different loan spells away from Stamford Bridge.
He picked up a neat assist against Leicester to catch the eye of boss Antonio Conte but if he can hit a few more volleys like that, you can expect the young midfielder to be given a much more prominent role in the near future.
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