Domestic football is back and the average fan is likely to be delighted at that fact. The transfer window is also shut so the focus now can really be on club football for a little while, without any of the sidebars and distractions.
Leeds United have had a decent start to the season. Bar a penalty shoot-out exit to Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup they are unbeaten so far this term and beat Derby County in their last game out.
But during the international break, who were the winners and losers for Leeds United?
Lewis Cook – Winner
The midfielder certainly enjoyed himself in the England under-19 fold during the break. He was part of an England side that defeated their German counterparts in Monchengladbach last week, courtesy of Ipswich Town’s Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles making the score 3-2.
He was benched for the next game with Croatia but that win v Germany will no doubt have a smile on Cook’s face for a while.
Stuart Dallas – Loser to winner
Dallas had a mixed week. On the whole it was good. His Northern Ireland side are on the brink of a history making qualification for the European Championships.
However, he made a mistake that cost them a goal against the Faroe Islands and was subbed off in both of his fixtures – so not the best on a personal level.
Jordan Botaka – Loser
The DR Congo will be excited to get into action with his new team after signing from Excelsior. However, his nation were beaten by Central African Republic 2-0 in an African Nations qualifier and he would not have been pleased with the result.
Uwe Rosler – Winner
The gaffer however must be pleased. All his internationals returned from duty unscathed and star striker Chris Wood did not travel to play for New Zealand in a friendly v Myanmar in Yangon. The German will be very pleased.