Eriksson praise for Leeds duo

Last updated : 09 September 2002 By Elland Roader
Smith scored his first England goal with a first-half header in the 1-1 draw with Portugal at Villa Park.

Alan Smith and Portugal's Nuno Rocha during the International friendly match against Portugal
"Alan Smith showed that he is really ready for the senior team and that is very good for us," said Eriksson.

"You now know that when there are qualification games he is ready.

"He had a really good game today. He can play in several different positions and he scored a beautiful goal."

"There were many positives from the game. Lee Bowyer and David Dunn both had very good games," he added.

Bowyer, who set-up the goal for his Leeds team-mate with a perfect cross from the right, is hoping there are more caps to come.

"I came in from the warm-up and the staff settled me down. I got an early touch and that helped," said Bowyer.

"I loved every minute of it - and I hope there is more to come. Smithy helped me out by scoring.

"It was the biggest game of my life, the first time representing my country at the highest level. It has been a long time waiting for it.

"I've had a lot of backing. I tried my hardest and I'll keep trying hard for Leeds."