There were no major surprises as Seleção coach Fernando Santos today announced the players who will represent Portugal in the Final Four of the Nations League, to be disputed in Porto and Guimarães in a fortnight’s time.

Benfica’s teenage sensation João Félix makes the cut, there is a recall for veteran midfielder João Moutinho and Braga striker Dyego Sousa retains his place in the 23-man squad.

As for notable absentees, striker André Silva is dropped after suffering injuries and loss of form in the second half of the season at Sevilla, and Leicester’s player of the year Ricardo Pereira can consider himself unlucky to miss out, with Nélson Semedo chosen as the back-up right-back for João Cancelo. 

Portugal play Switzerland on 5 June at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão, with the other semi-final taking place the day after as England and the Netherlands lock horns in Guimarães.

The final takes place at the Dragão on the evening of Sunday 9 June, with the third/fourth place match played on the afternoon of the same day at the Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques. 

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Wolves), Beto (Goztepe), José Sá (Olympiakos)

Defenders: João Cancelo (Juventus), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), José Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Benfica), Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Mário Rui (Napoli)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Porto),  Rúben Neves (Wolves), William Carvalho (Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), João Moutinho (Wolves), Pizzi (Benfica)

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), João Félix (Benfica), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia) Rafa Silva (Benfica), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolves), Dyego Sousa (Braga)

By Tom Kundert

 

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Not much to say really, I like the team with the exception of Sousa. He just doesn’t seem up to this level and I’d rather see Rafael Leao to be honest. I’m glad that we’re playing Switzerland as obviously England or Holland are the better teams....

Not much to say really, I like the team with the exception of Sousa. He just doesn’t seem up to this level and I’d rather see Rafael Leao to be honest. I’m glad that we’re playing Switzerland as obviously England or Holland are the better teams. Liverpool vs Tottenham in the champions league final means that around 10 players will have just played shortly before this tournament so that’s to our advantage. I could talk all day about tactics and systems but there’s no point in doing that. I just hope to god that we play a more aggressive higher press and we actually play to our strengths instead of hiding any weaknesses we have.

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Here is my starting 11.....

...............Rui Patricio


Cancelo.........Pepe..........Dias...........Guerreiro


..............................Danilo


......................B. Silva...........William


Pizzi....................CR7..............

Here is my starting 11.....

...............Rui Patricio


Cancelo.........Pepe..........Dias...........Guerreiro


..............................Danilo


......................B. Silva...........William


Pizzi....................CR7..........................Felix

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You don't see Danilo and William as overlap?

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I don't. William and Danilo will need to cover for our full backs who will be bombing forward at all times.

Also, Pizzi and Felix will cut in often leaving more room for our FBs to overlap and more ground for our central minds to cover.

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Here is my attacking lineup.

Patricio

Semedo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro

Moutinho

Bernardo, Fernandes

Felix, Jota, Ronaldo

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I don't have any issues with the squad. André Silva and João Mário have been key players throughout the Santos era, but there are now better alternatives in their respective positions.

It'll be interesting to see how Santos lines up. I'd love...

I don't have any issues with the squad. André Silva and João Mário have been key players throughout the Santos era, but there are now better alternatives in their respective positions.

It'll be interesting to see how Santos lines up. I'd love to see a 3-5-2 but we all know that isn't going to happen.

I've got a hunch that we will see a flat 4-4-2 similar to the side we used against Serbia -- William and Danilo double pivot flanked by Rafa and Bernardo with Ronaldo partnering either Jota or Felix up top.

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is Bruma injured?

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---------------------------------Patricio-------------------------------------

Cancelo-------------Pepe-----------------Dias-------------Guerreiro

---------------------Danilo-----------Moutinho------------------------------

---Bernardo---------...

---------------------------------Patricio-------------------------------------

Cancelo-------------Pepe-----------------Dias-------------Guerreiro

---------------------Danilo-----------Moutinho------------------------------

---Bernardo-------------------------------------------------------Bruno----

--------Felix-------------------------------------------Ronaldo

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Very happy he didn't take andre gomes or joao mario, i find they always take up a spot for more in form talent. Still nice to have them as back up. I remember a time when Portugal had a starting 11 and that was it. Now every year we have a lot of...

Very happy he didn't take andre gomes or joao mario, i find they always take up a spot for more in form talent. Still nice to have them as back up. I remember a time when Portugal had a starting 11 and that was it. Now every year we have a lot of depth with players on the fringes dropping in and out.

The midfield is competetive, but having closely followed wolves this year, i think Moutinho is a starter for me. He is not going to show up much on the score board but this guy is feisty as hell and his crosses are impeccable almost every time.(dont forget he won the ball back from Griezman to start the play that led to glory)
WC and Bernardo are automatic starters so....

RP
JC, RD, Pepe, RG

JM WC
BS
JF CR DJ

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I see some old timers still in the squad. When will players like Rony Lopes & Miguel Vitor get their chance?
I am not a fan of Fernando Santos who i feel should leave after this competition. Win or lose.With him at the helm our team won't...

I see some old timers still in the squad. When will players like Rony Lopes & Miguel Vitor get their chance?
I am not a fan of Fernando Santos who i feel should leave after this competition. Win or lose.With him at the helm our team won't flourish. We have so many fabulous coaches/ managers who would do a better job and take us to the next level like winning the world cup in Qatar. We have the players to do so.

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