Gomes: England better than in 2000
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portugal striker Nuno Gomes believes England have a better side than the one he helped to beat in Euro 2000.
The Benfica hit-man has bounced back to international recognition following his superbly executed winner against Spain in the first round.
After netting in the 3-2 win against Kevin Keegan's side four years ago, Gomes's career has not really taken off after a disappointing spell in Italy. He was suspended from international football as Portugal crashed out to France and what had been a superb tournament for the striker ended in grief.
Yet Gomes still fondly recalls the win over England, as Portugal came from 2-0 down to seal a sensational victory.
"I saw the Euro 2000 match against England on TV recently," he said.
"That match was the most important in my career as, after that, I signed for Fiorentina.
"It made me as a player because it was my first start for Portugal.
"In Euro 2000, England had two or three experienced players such as Tony Adams and Alan Shearer.
"Now they have a lot of young players who have played very well.
"They have a better team. They are used to playing with pressure.
"We have to now play under that."
Gomes is expected to start against Sven Goran Eriksson's men on Thursday as Pauleta is suspended.
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