Edgaras Jankauskas is hoping his Lithuania players can change their lives against England
Now, 13 years on, he's realistic enough to know that he won't be copying Jose's jig when he manages Lithuania against England tonight in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
But Jankauskas believes it's a game in which his players can make a name for themselves and earn top-money moves to the Premier League and across Europe.
The Baltic state, with fewer than three million inhabitants, has never reached a major tournament since achieving independence in 1990.
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Jankauskas isn't holding his breath that history is about to be rewritten as he prepares to face Gareth Southgate's new-look, youthful England.
The 42-year-old is convinced, though, that this could be a match to change players' lives.
Jankauskas said: "Realistically, we know that Gareth Southgate could put out his first, second or third team and beat us. We are playing against men from the strongest league in the world.
"But I will be telling the players this is a match that could change your lives. There will be scouts from all over the world."
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"I'm a realist but these players have given us hope, confidence and a foundation that we can build on. Every game is a final for us.
"There's no mystery about it. We have to know who we are, what we are capable of and give everything. Otherwise we will never achieve anything."