Ever-present Everton defender Sylvain Distin aims to use the international break to recharge his batteries ahead of the Premier League run-in.
Distin, 33, has not missed a single minute of league action for the Toffees this season.
The French centre-half has been taking a well-earned break while many of his team-mates have linked up with their countries.
Now he believes he will be ready to return fresh for the final eight games of the campaign.
He said: "We work hard at the club so it is important to get a rest when you can.
"We train hard and it is a long, tough season in England so you have to take the chances to recover when they come along.
"It was important to get three points against Fulham going into the break as a few of the lads are away on international duty now.
"The rest of us can have a few days rest, work for a few days and then get a bit more rest before getting back to work and concentrating on finishing the season well."