Luis Boa Morte has been training hard with Portugal this week after making the final 24-man squad for their vital FIFA 2010 World Cup qualifier against Albania.
The 31-year-old forward has been with his international team-mates for the training camp in Obidos, 50 miles from Lisbon. Boa Morte has not played for his country since the 2006 World Cup but impressed in last week's get-together in Lisbon to make the final cut in Carlos Queiroz's selection.
He may not be as young as the likes of team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Joao Moutinho but is hungry to show his worth. "I am 31 but I feel like an 18-year-old and I want to keep going, keep playing," Boa Morte said. "As long as I feel like this I want to keep going."
Portugal travel to Tirana today for their qualifier with Albania needing a win to have any chance of catching Group 1 leaders Denmark and Hungary, who are seven points ahead in the standings. They still have to play Denmark away in September before taking on Hungary, who have also played a game more, at home and away.
Boa Morte may be focused on national-team duty but is also raring to go at club level for next season. He admitted there was plenty to learn from next time around.
"I would have been more pleased with the season if we had beaten Everton and had taken the European spot," he said. "We feel a bit sad that we only finished level on points with Tottenham. That is something that we are going to work out for next season and we will learn from our mistakes.
"The point is not to look back because we will be even more frustrated and I think it will be better to wait for next season. We have to start well and not commit the same mistakes we made this year and we will have a more enjoyable season."