At last, the break is over. International football has gorged itself past satiety, crawled into its den, and will hibernate the winter away before re-emerging in March. But before we wish it a fond good riddance, here's how Manchester United's players got on in the second round of fixtures.
We start at Wembley. Wayne Rooney may have been missing with a hungover knee, but United's English honour was represented by Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford. The former started, the latter came on as a late substitute, and both were on course for an energetic and encouraging 2-0 win over Spain ...
... until Ander Herrera stepped in.
United's Spanish midfielder came on after 56 minutes to make his international debut, ran around quite a lot, and was involved for both Spain's late goals. He also found time to (allegedly, probably, we didn't see it) elbow Eric Dier in the face, and Tottenham's utility man is not best pleased:
He's elbowed me in the face and I just can't see why. For me, it's just ridiculous. He's saying he didn't do it, but I think it's pretty clear. It's just football. These things happen. But I don't know why he did it, to be honest. That's why I was angry. I don't need him to apologise. I'll see him soon.
December 11, to be precise, when Tottenham visit Old Trafford. IT'S ON.
Elsewhere in the world, Matteo Darmian played 90 minutes as Italy drew 0-0 with Germany, Paul Pogba played 45 minutes as France drew 0-0 with Cote d'Ivoire, and Sergio Romero kept a clean sheet as Argentina beat Colombia 3-0 to keep their qualification campaign alive. The first goal was a Leo Messi freekick, and while he doesn't and will likely never play for Manchester United, it's worth a look anyway.
Messi's amazing free-kick against Colombia in slow motion. pic.twitter.com/wSl9PDaVWE— Match of the Day Mag (@MOTDmag) November 16, 2016
Quite the hit.
The final injury tally from the international break stands, pending further scans and revelations upon the players' return, at two. Marouane Fellaini was sent home by Belgium having apparently picked up a knock against Swansea City, and Rooney has that knee injury. We wait, breath bated, for news on its severity.