Currently on loan at Elche in La Liga Mario Pasalic needed a good game under his belt after recent problems.
In January Chelsea agreed a deal to sign Croatian wonderkid Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split in the summer - a deal worth around £3 million which went through without a hitch.
But immediately after signing the player many a potential loan move popped up in the horizon. The club could not offer him regular first-team football just yet, so decided to allow him a temporary exit to gain valuable first-team football.
Lazio were keen, as were Vitesse Arnhem and several German clubs. But in the end it was decided between all parties that his best destination was Spain - and he joined Elche on a season long loan earlier this month.
The talented midfielder, who has been compared to Frank Lampard, started his career in Spain in form but has recently struggled for playing time as his performances diminished.
So the international break was likely to be a welcome reprieve to the Chelsea loanee.
He played for Croatia's under-21s against Norway yesterday in a friendly game and put in an impressive, encouraging, performance against the Scandinavians.
He scored the opening goal of the game, firing in off of the crossbar to get things going in a 3-0 triumph.
Chelsea fans will hope he is soon back to scoring ways for Elche, so he can prove his worth of a Chelsea future.