Our match prediction:
England take on Portugal in their final warm-up game ahead of the start of Euro 2016. The Three Lions outplayed the likes of Turkey and Australia in May friendlies and it has to be noted that coach Roy Hodgson uses the matches to test as many players as possible. However, Hodgson is going to field the best possible side against Portugal and the good news is that Premier League top scorer James Vardie returns to the starting line-up. The Selecao, on the other hand, recorded a 3-0 win over Norway at the weekend and you should bear in mind that key player Cristiano Ronaldo missed the game due to club commitments. CR7 will miss the England friendly as well and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Three Lions this time out. Taking everything into account, we predict that England, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home, are going to record a routine win over Portugal in Thursday’s friendly.
Highligted Player (Andre Gomes):
Andre Filipe Tavares Gomes is a Portuguese footballer who represented the likes of Porto, Boavista and Benfica during his youth career, but eventually signed a professional deal with the Eagles. Even if he hadn’t made too many first team appearances for the Portuguese giants, the midfielder saw his economic rights sold to a private company in January 2014, and the deal eventually saw him join Spanish giants Valencia. The attacking midfielder immediately nailed down a regular starting berth at Mestalla, proving his undoubted potential, and catching the eye of top Italian sides such as Juventus and Napoli. Gomes has yet to establish himself as an important player for the Portugal national team, but he has made several appearances under Fernando Santos and is expected to play a key role for the Selecao in the future. Possessing impressive technical skills and capable of covering a number of positions in midfield, Gomes is a modern midfielder who has been showing incredible maturity for his age, so no wonder he is predicted a bright future in the game.
Highlighted Team (England):
One of two oldest national football teams besides Scotland, England have been playing international matches since 1872, but the World Cup title won on home soil in 1966 remain their only major trophy up to date. The Three Lions narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup final, losing to Germany on penalties, while they were stopped in quarter-finals on no fewer than five occasions. England twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but they have been pretty disappointing at the start of the 21st century, despite boasting arguably the strongest league competition in the world. Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore were among players who secured the first major international title, whereas Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all played an important role during the modern age. Peter Shilton is the record holder with 125 caps for the national team, while Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the leading goalscorer in the England national team.