Everton’s squad have been scattered all over the world on international duty in recent weeks.
It’s only today that many will return to the club and begin their preparations for the Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon.
They will likely have gone away full of confidence given Everton’s start to the season, but how did they get on on international duty?
It might not be the ideal circumstances for an international break but we’ve got a run-down of how the Toffees’ travelling contingent got on during their time on national duty.
Everton number one Jordan Pickford was handed a rest for England’s 3-0 win over Wales last Thursday, but played 180 minutes in the matches thereafter.
The only goals he conceded were penalties from former Premier League stars now playing for Inter Milan; Romelu Lukaku of Belgium and Christian Eriksen of Denmark. England beat Belgium 2-1, before losing 1-o to Denmark last night.
Jonas Lossl was an unused Danish substitute at Wembley, just as he was in their other two matches. New-boy Robin Olsen played in Sweden’s defeats to Croatia and Portugal.
Lucas Digne played the full 90 as France thumped Ukraine 7-1 in a friendly last Wednesday, and played 83 minutes of their 2-1 victory in Croatia last night.
Michael Keane’s only minutes came in the aforementioned 3-0 win over Wales, where he played the whole game. Fellow Englishman Ben Godfrey played the full game as the Under 21s qualified for Euro 2021 with a 2-1 win over Turkey.
Yerry Mina played all of Colombia’s 3-0 home win over Venezuela, but sat out the 2-2 draw with Peru on Wednesday.
Tom Davies captained the Young Lions and scored in a crazy 3-3 draw in Andorra.
Gylfi Sigurdsson went one better, netting twice in Iceland’s 2-1 win over Romania last Thursday, before saying he hoped Ancelotti was watching.
James Rodriguez played in both the aforementioned Colombia matches, but did not find the net in either one.
Alex Iwobi’s Nigeria were in action against Ivory Coast and Tunisia, but the former Arsenal man wasn’t on the scoresheet either.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin went into the international break in flying form and carried it into his debut against Wales, opening the scoring in the first half of that 3-0 win.
He started the Belgium victory and posted impressive stats, even though he failed to find the net. Calvert-Lewin was brought on on the left of a front three as ten-man England played longer against Denmark, but to no avail.
Richarlison had a long trip to South America, and came on as a substitute for Roberto Firmino in Brazil’s 5-0 win over Bolivia on Saturday.
Neymar grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick against Peru on Tuesday, but it was Richarlison’s crucial equaliser which set the tone for a comeback victory.