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Heurelho Gomes fights back tears after potentially playing in last ever home game

The Watford goalkeeper says he is 99% sure he will finish in the summer

The sun is setting on another brilliant career.

Heurelho Gomes may have played the last ever home game of his career today as Watford beat Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Gomes has played backup to Premier League ever-present Ben Foster all season, featuring exclusively in cup games.

Jumping for joy

PA:Press Association
Jumping for joy

With the cup semi-finals played at Wembley, an injury to Foster is the only way Gomes will see game time at Vicarage Road again.

The Brazilian stopper says he is ‘99% sure’ he will hang up his gloves in the summer to become a pastor back in Brazil.

And the occasion clearly got to him after the Hornets wrapped up a narrow 2-1 win over Palace.

Gomes was seen wiping away tears after the final whistle before going over to salute every corner of the ground.

Watford fans stayed behind in their numbers to acknowledge to their departing goalkeeper, who has spent nearly five seasons with the club after six years at Spurs before.

He has made over 550 appearances for five clubs in four countries and earned 11 caps for Brazil too.

Gomes very nearly left England altogether after seeing out his Spurs contract before an 11th hour call from Watford changed his mind.

A Watford hero

A Watford hero

“My contract was going to finish at Spurs, so everything was packed toΒ  go home β€” in fact, two crates had already left,” he said.

“Then, the day before my flight, I got a call from Watford. It changed my life here, to be honest.”

Can Gomes finish his career in style with FA Cup glory?