Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea along with last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund face difficult tests in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League this week.
England were drawn against Switzerland and Italy were pitted against Croatia in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, while Gibraltar were handed a tough group including Germany and the Republic of Ireland.
John Terry's late winner kept Chelsea atop the English Premier League, while Arsenal sunk Sunderland 4-1 and Manchester City beat Stoke City 1-0 to keep pace with the Blues as Manchester United won at Crystal Palace 2-0.
Wayne Rooney has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will keep the England forward at Old Trafford through to 2018/19 English Premier League season.
Wayne Rooney has said that Manchester United will make the most of their warm weather break, and has said that Juan Mata will take him to find his best form at the club.
England manager Roy Hodgson says key striker Wayne Rooney is heading towards "top condition physically and mentally" ahead of Brazil 2014.