Sunderland can at last begin to look forward to a crucial Premier League trip to Stoke City now the international break is over.
David Moyes will be praying that the Black Cats players who have been playing in Europe and Africa in World Cup and European U21 Championship qualifiers report back at the Academy of Light with no bumps and bruises.
Read here where Sunderland's international brigade have been in action.
One player who has been on the training ground is powerful striker Victor Anichebe as he closes in on a Premier League return.
The former Everton and West Brom frontman has been explaining how he turned down interest from abroad to be reunited with his old Toffees boss, Moyes.
Our Sunderland writer, Richard Mennear, spoke to Anichebe, see his interview here.
Moyes has opened up the doors at the Academy of Light to let the media in to watch Sunderland train.
The Echo went along to discover just how hands on the Sunderland boss is on the training pitches at the state-of-the-art facility.
View Richard Mennear's feature and see the action from the Academy of Light from the lens of photographer, Stu Norton.
Finally, and back to the subject of Sunderland and international football, Jordan Pickford spent last night watching from the England bench as Joe Hart saved the Three Lions from defeat in Slovenia.
New England man Pickford has enjoyed a stunning run in the Premier League this season with some outstanding displays.