Footballer Rui Fonte believes that England, with a presence in the finals of the League of Nations football in Portugal, is today at the level of the best teams in the world due to the much "investment" it makes.
The British side are facing the Netherlands in the semi-finals on June 6 in Guimarães and the 29-year-old striker Arsenal, Crystal Palace and more recently Fulham (2017) / 18), stressed the country's financial capacity to have the "best facilities" and hire the "best players".
"It is confirming the investment made over these years all. [A I Liga inglesa] You can get the best players and that is reflected in English football, because then the English players themselves have another competitiveness, "explained the player who in 2018/19 represented Lille of France.
He added that England, in addition to having achieved the fourth place in the last World Cup in 2018, has also achieved titles in youth teams – the U20 World Cup in 2017, for example.
Although in England, only to have played in the II League, Rui Fonte said he still had a "very good baggage for the rest of his career", because "competitiveness" is also felt at this level, with " three days".
For the striker, Portugal, whose semi-final is scheduled for June 5, with Switzerland in Porto, is another team that is strong at the moment, with several young players appearing – João Félix (19) and Rúben Dias, Rúben Neves, Diogo Jota and Gonçalo Guedes (22).
Rui Fonte attributed the appearance of young players in the main Portuguese teams and also in the team selection of the B teams in the II League, and considered that the 'team of quinas' has a good opportunity to reach a new European title, after the achievement achieved in 2016.
After a career that included Benfica, Braga, Belenenses, Vitória de Setúbal and Espanyol de Barcelona, the Lille striker played last year alongside his brother José Fonte, the 35-year-old central defender, summoned to the League of Nations.
Rui Fonte praised the "ambition and hunger to win" that the brother demonstrated throughout the season, and also underlined that Portugal is well served in the defense axis, sector for which the selector Fernando Santos still has Pepe, FC Porto , and of Rúben Dias, of Benfica.
"The defensive consistency is always important, not conceding goals, we are closer to winning." With the offensive capacity that Portugal have, it will always be scored, but the team builds backwards because it is the base. very well served [atrás]", said.