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Behind the scenes: International arrivals

Samir Funny Face

Samir Funny Face

It was destination Carrington for the players who had been on international duty for the past 10 days or so - virtually the whole squad, in fact.

There was no sign of jet-lag with an important game against Aston Villa next on the agenda. Samir Nasri made the mistake of letting Mario Balotelli put his bib on for him this morning - looks like he's had a visit to Mario's hairdresser, too...

Pablo Zabaleta looks like he's about to leave his boot manufacturers' name on Joleon Lescott's inside thigh but it's just the camera angle - honest! 

Under Leg Zabba

Joe Hart won't have enjoyed the 2-2 midweek draw with Montenegro, especially as team-mate Stefan Savic provided the teasing cross that cost England two points in the dying seconds, but qualification was achieved nonetheless. Joe promised to give Stefan a warm welcome at training...

Funny Face Joe

Another clutch of returning Blues included Edin Dzeko, whose Bosnia side were pipped to automatic qualification by Samir's France; Kolo Toure, who was away with the Ivory Coast and Nigel de Jong, who is still finding his way back to full fitness.This routine was not one taken from Strictly Come Dancing, though it might have borrowed the odd move here and there. 

Edin hop Leg

Gareth Barry looked to have former club Aston Villa on his mind during a committed session. No doubt the England star will be looking to put one over on his former employers as well as maintaining his fine start to the campaign.

Gareth Snarl

David Silva, fresh from his stunning performance against Scotland in midweek has promised to keep one eye covered against Villa to give the Midlanders a sporting chance. He's turned down Alex McLeish's request to play with his laces tied together as well, however....

David Dispair Face

Vincent Kompany warned his colleagues not to mention Germany after Belgium's exit from Euro 2012 on Tuesday. He wasn't impressed by the news that Turkey, the country who pipped the Belgians to second place, was on the lunchtime menu, though.

Vinny on the Deck

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Adam Johnson on the ball

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