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World Cup 2018: Portugal Announces A 23-Man Leaving Out Several Euro 2016 Winners

News by Rob Williams Published on 18 May,2018 Updated on 05 Jun,2018
  • Portugal announces a 23-man squad
  • Several Euro 2016 winning squad left-out
  • Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will be the captain
  • Nearly Half of Portugal's triumphant Euro 2016 squad will be missed in the 2018 World Cup

Portugal’s head coach Fernando Santos has announced a 23-man squad for Russia 2018 but says it hurts to leave out several members of the Euro 2016 winning squad.

CAPTION: Fernando Santos, The Coach SOURCE: Goal.com

Lazio winger Nani, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, and Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches, who spent this season on loan at Swansea, have all not selected for the tournament.

Striker Eder, who scored the winning goal in extra-time against France in the Euro 2016 final, also misses out the game.

"It hurts not to be able to include all the players who were with us in the European Championship," said Santos.

"They have all contributed to writing a brilliant chapter in the history of Portuguese football, but I had to make choices that for me make a better puzzle."

Former Manchester United winger Nani, Portugal's third most-capped player behind Ronaldo and Luis Figo has not played for his country since last year's Confederations Cup.

There are four Premier League players in the 2018 squad - Manchester City forward Bernardo Silva, Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva, Southampton right-back Cedric Soares and West Ham midfielder Joao Mario, who is on loan from Inter Milan - while Rangers defender Bruno Alves also makes the cut.

Former Saints and Hammers centre-back Jose Fonte, who now plays for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, is included, but Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is not in the 23-man squad, despite starting the 2-1 friendly win over Egypt in March.

Portugal will be playing their group match against Spain, Morocco, and Iran.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will captain the side.

CAPTION: Cristiano Ronaldo SOURCE: FIFA

Portugal 23-man squad: World Cup 2018

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica) Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting) Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

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