The Interlull is over. It’s done. Kaput. Finished. As it’s banished to the annals of banality (bannalished, if you will) we take a look at what the first team squad have been up to.
Some of them played football. Some of them didn’t. We’ll leave you to judge who enjoyed the last fortnight more.
Made an absolute howler to gift Olivier Giroud France’s opener at the Stade de France and conceded another before Colombia struck back in the second half to win 3-2. Impressively, he managed to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Australia at Craven Cottage despite the Aussies tampering with the ball.
Spent most of the first week testing new mattresses for his spare bedroom in Ikea. He’s going to think about it some more before committing. Did some drumming, learnt Flemish fluently.
Made a couple of trips to the bank to deposit all the cash he made from fining Alexis Sanchez in the Chilean’s last few months at the club. Informed Ivan Gazidis that it’ll pay for all the extra seats being added to club level this summer, but did question why such seats are needed given the stadium is really empty these days.
Sat out Les Bleus’ defeat to Colombia but returned to play the full 90 minutes of a 3-1 win against Russia in Moscow. Afterwards, Olivier Giroud said he’d played ‘Laika Boss’…the pun was lost on him. But he smiled anyway.
Spent a day filing some old bank statements, took out a new home insurance policy, cleaned his dishwasher, bought some new bedding, dropped off some old clothes at a local charity shop, had a trim and bought himself a giant Easter egg.
Prank called Charlie Adam 73 times.
Dropped by Germany, he joined Twitter under a pseudonym and began posting pictures of photoshopped barnyard animals sporting Joachim Low’s head.
Spent a day filing some old bank statements, took out a new home insurance policy, cleaned his dishwasher, bought some new bedding, dropped off some old clothes at a local charity shop, had a trim and bought himself a giant Easter egg. Because that’s what Rob did.
Brushed his hair. Full two weeks, that’s all he did.
Rode the London Duck Tour, the best amphibious guide to the capital, 14 days straight. Now facing a huge fine from Per Mertesacker for missing so much training.
Got an assist as Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Bulgaria 1-0 in Razgrad and played 74 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Senegal. Found out his name is an anagram of ‘Koalas Candies’.
Started the week being crowned Armenia’s greatest player of the millennium, despite there being another 982 years to run. Captained his country to a 0-0 draw with Estonia and a loss to Lithuania.
Desperate not to spend two weeks with Ryan Giggs’s Wales, he asked Colin Lewin to perform a ‘minor procedure’ on him. The flu jab went well. Used the rest of his time to read up on the plight of white rhinos. It made him sad.
Had been due to play for England against Holland Italy but his knee flared up. Spent a few days with an ice pack on his knee thinking about how Jesse Lingard might be the most annoying cunt he’s ever met. Returned to London Colney where Rob Holding agreed with him.
Did some lush skillz to outwit Barcelona’s grey hobbit Iniesta as Germany drew 1-1 with Spain. Suave, but bum-sniffing, boss Joachim Low then sent him home to play with his pug Balboa.
Sad face. We miss you.
Captained Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Greece and then scored a penalty in a 6-0 thumping of Panama. He told the Panamanians not to worry about the result as they have England in their group at the World Cup and that’s a guaranteed 0-0 draw at least.
Played for England’s under-21s as they won 2-1 twice against Romania and Ukraine 2-1. We don’t know what else he did, but he probably looked very relaxed doing it.
Signed a new contract at the Emirates and helped contract dude Huss Fahmy feel important by letting him be in the pics. Played for Egypt as they lost 2-1 at the death to a brace by Portugal’s shiny muscle Ronaldo. Also played in a 1-0 defeat to Greece.
After five weeks recovering from knee surgery, Alex was back kicking a football in training.
Somehow got out of Gabon’s match with Thailand in Bangkok (they lost on penalties since you asked). Spent the rest of the week wondering why Vic Akers wears shorts 365 days and then realised he may be a ‘never nude’.
Played an hour as Nigeria beat Poland 1-0 in Wroclaw then lost 2-0 to Serbia at Barnet’s ground, the Hive. After years playing there for Arsenal’s reserves, he was gobsmacked to realise that the Hive is called the Hive because Barnet’s nickname is the Bees.
Came on for 23 minutes as England beat Holland in Amsterdam 1-0 then couldn’t believe he was left on the bench as the Three Lions drew 1-1 with Italy against the one keeper he’s actually scored against recently.