Last updated : 18 June 2004 By editor

From the official site:

'He missed Euro 2000 due to injury and World Cup 2002 because Holland didn’t qualify. But he now has a goal-a-game ratio in major tournaments – played one, scored one!

And what a goal it was he scored against Germany. When the cross came in from the right Christian Worns was all over him, round his neck, holding his arm. He hadn’t done a lot during the game, but the service was so poor up until that point. And he proved what he can do when the service is right – the finish was magnificent, a real world-class strike.

Van Nistelrooy is already one of the world’s best finishers, but if he can show that on at a European Championships then he will confirm that status beyond any doubt.

It was a terrific goal, a near impossible angle and of course with a defender climbing all over you.

Something has to be done about defenders pulling shirts and fouling attackers. The problem is, referees are reluctant to punish players just for shirt-pulling in the penalty area because that would mean giving a penalty. But, referees need to clamp down on this – it’s an eyesore in the game.'