Portugal threw the gauntlet at their Euro 2020 rivals as they finished their preparation for the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Israel.
A brace from Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, the incredible effort of Manchester City full-back Joan Cancelo and a strike from the great Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the victory of the European champions in Lisbon.
They were expected to beat the Israelis, who did not advance to this summer’s finals but had to wait until the 42nd minute when Fernandes broke the deadlock.
The 26-year-old scored Cancelo’s low cross from the right, leaving Ofir Marciano no chance.
The floodgates were now open and Portugal doubled their advantage two minutes later thanks to the talisman Ronaldo.
Fernandes became supplier this time around as he slipped the ball to Ronaldo on the left and the Juventus star’s mighty effort was too hot for Marciano.
The goal is Ronaldo’s 104th for Portugal, meaning he has five goals on former Iranian star Ali Daei’s 109 international goalscoring record.
It was 3-0 in the 86th minute thanks to Cancelo, who cut inside on the right before wrapping the house beautifully at 25 yards.
And Fernandes wrapped up the win with his own stack driver as he shot the ball into the upper left corner in stoppage time.
Portugal, surprise winner of Euro 2016, are among the favorites to win the competition this year.
They kick off their campaign against Hungary on Tuesday, LIVE on talkSPORT, but also face world champion Germany and France in Group F.
A round of 16 game against England could wait, but Portuguese defender Jose Fonte is loving playing against the continent’s best teams this summer.
Fonte told talkSPORT: “We want to start well, we want to win games. These are the games we have and we have to prepare in the best possible way so that we can attack these games and get what we want.
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“I think it’s amazing. There are some fantastic games coming up, these are the games that everyone wants to play. If you want to win the title, you have to go through everyone.
Looking ahead to playing against England, Fonte added: “It would be great. On a personal level, I would love to play against England.
“I have fond memories of my time in the Premier League so what a big challenge that would be because England also have a great team.”