Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen has admitted to be short of match-sharpness after playing for Denmark at the weekend.
The talented attacking midfielder started in his nation's 2-1 win over Armenia in European qualification, but appears to have fallen short of his very high standards and he admits that the is not at peak performance just yet.
The 22-year-old was one of Spurs' stars last season, but he is yet to hit the heights he reached in his first year in England at the start of this campaign and it appears that his faltering form has transferred itself onto the international stage.
"I lacked a little sharpness for sure," he admitted after Denmark's match last night. "I found the right places, but I did not really exploit the opportunities that were there. I just lacked the final sharpness."
Despite his performance he would have been happy with his nation's victory, which got their qualification for Euro 2016 off to a good start.
Eriksen, too, can be fairly contented by his club team's start, even if he hasn't felt like he has been at his best just yet.
Spurs have impressed under Mauricio Pochettino, even if a 3-0 defeat against Liverpool in their last match was a signal of how far they still have to go, and the Argentine has brought a sense of optimism to the club.
Whether or not they will make it into the Champions League spots this season, as they are so desperate to do, remains to be seen, but under Pochettino they seem to have stability for the first time in a long-while.
The task for the former Southampton manager will be to draw the best out of Eriksen as quickly as possible, as he is arguably the finest talent he has at his disposal.
Last season the ex-Ajax player was a bright spark in a poor campaign from the side and, although he hasn't carried that momentum into the new season, there can be no question of his talent when he hits top form.
Eriksen will be aiming to ensure that isn't far away and he will be hoping that when he returns from the international break he will be much sharper.
His first chance to prove that he has regained match-fitness and confidence will be against Sunderland, who Spurs take on this Saturday.