"I remember what he said about if I keep that up, I could play for just about any team in the world," Gomes said. "That coming from such a respected coach helped me a lot. It was a great motivating factor.
"It was about a year later I signed for PSV."
Gomes plans to get back in the Brazil squad and could ask 'Big Phil' for more advice if they have a chance of meeting up while both in London.
"It's very nice to know there are so many Brazilians in London," Gomes added. "I have met a lot already and found a very good Brazilian-style barbecue restaurant."