Middlesbrough's Alves wants Euro action

Middlesbrough's Brazilian striker, Afonso Alves, is targeting European qualification for the Teesside club next season.

The Brazilian is impatient for the new season to start, having settled in after arriving from Heerenveen in the January transfer window and taken several games to acclimatise.

With his sights on European qualification, he told Teesside's Evening Gazette: "I know I will score goals. I can't say how many, but I am sure the goals are going to happen. That is what I do best.

"When I first moved to Boro I hadn't played for many weeks so it took me time to settle and I had to build my fitness. But when I settled down, the goals came.

"Last season was a little bit difficult, not only for me but for the whole team,” he added.

"The club has been in the Uefa Cup and done great things already and last season I think you could see that we could be good enough to qualify for Europe if we had more consistency.

"From the away match at Arsenal through to the end of the season I think we played well. We improved as a team and I think we will get better again and can push towards the top six."

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