Ricardo Pereira scored for the second consecutive week in the Premier League on Sunday, getting the opener in Leicester City’s 5-0 hammering of Newcastle United at the Walkers Stadium.

The former Porto right-back drove infield with the ball and finished expertly with his weaker left foot for a superb individual goal after 16 minutes, and it proved the catalyst for a big win for The Foxes.

Speaking after the match to Sky Sports, Pereira said: “My first job is to defend, then if I have the opportunity to go forward and help the team even better. It opened up, I saw the space, Jamie’s movement dragged the defender away and I tried my luck and scored fortunately.”

Pereira has been the subject of discussion in the local press during the week after Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said it was “absolutely incredible” that the 25-year-old was not a current member of Fernando Santos’ Seleção plans. Forward Vardy agreed with the notion. “Yeah 100%. You see what he’s like - consistently good. And he’s only going to get better,” said the England striker.

By Sean Gillen

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Unfortunately for Ricardo, Portugal is probably the most deep team at right back

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Joao Cancelo, Nelson Semedo and Ricardo P all offer different options which is perfect for Portugal.

Depends on the team, tactics, form and circumstances.

Hard to be upset when one is chosen over the other really due to the level of all 3 but...

Joao Cancelo, Nelson Semedo and Ricardo P all offer different options which is perfect for Portugal.

Depends on the team, tactics, form and circumstances.

Hard to be upset when one is chosen over the other really due to the level of all 3 but Joao Cancelo does make me anxious on defense...

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Why do people forget about Cedric Soares?
Still the best Portuguese right back.

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They're all average winger converts to right back. Gelson Martins has them all beat.

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Not only should he be called up, he should be starting. He’s better than the others and is actually a guaranteed starter.

Ricardo>Cancelo>Semedo

Enough of Santos’ nonsense of banning him from the team due to the Uruguay game.

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And, Dalot is waiting in the wings

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