Fernando Santos has announced the Portugal squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Serbia and Lithuania.

As is his wont, the Seleção boss sprung a few surprises, principally the call-ups for Sevilla defender Daniel Carriço and Olympiakos forward Daniel Podence. Midfielder Renato Sanches, who recently transferred from Bayern Munich to Lille, has also been selected. 

The reigning European Champions have had a shaky start to their campaign to retain the trophy, drawing the first two qualifiers at home to Ukraine and Serbia.

“All of Serbia’s players play in the best leagues in the world,” said Santos. “But there’s no point making excuses. We have the ability to win these games. After two draws, we have to win our next six matches.”


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Portugal play Serbia in Belgrade on Saturday 7 September, before facing Lithuania on a synthetic pitch in Vilnius three days later on Wednesday 10 September. 

 

Full Portugal squad:

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

Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), José Fonte (Lille), Pepe (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Benfica), Daniel Carriço (Sevilla), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Mário Rui (Napoli)

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

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Daniel Podence (Olympiakos), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolves), João Félix (Atlético Madrid)

By Tom Kundert

 

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Outrageous decision-making by Santos. How can you in gods name call up Daniel Carrico? I mean he has been for years not been called up, just now and then. You know what you can aspect from him. Is he better than Fonte or Pepe, as second back-up...

Outrageous decision-making by Santos. How can you in gods name call up Daniel Carrico? I mean he has been for years not been called up, just now and then. You know what you can aspect from him. Is he better than Fonte or Pepe, as second back-up dont think so. Instead Ferro should have been called up, he is the prospect alongside Ruben Dias to Replace Pepe. Now is the time to let him adjust to the situation. Ferro isnt called up either for U21. Alongside the decision to call up Podence, i mean he is lesser player than Rafa, Rony Lopes is a way better player and deserves an call-up.

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Outrageous by Santos? No not really, given the last major game he watched was Benfica vs Porto. And Ferro at least partially at fault for both goals and almost a third. I say partially, because defending is a team activity and others could have...

Outrageous by Santos? No not really, given the last major game he watched was Benfica vs Porto. And Ferro at least partially at fault for both goals and almost a third. I say partially, because defending is a team activity and others could have helped out.

First goal, not really challenged, he had a bad clearance into Dias, which fell to the feet of Ze Luis and then goal.
See here: https://youtu.be/1RInDI7iBEU?t=36

Almost second goal, to be fair he had very little help, but should have been aware of striker behind him. You shouldn't lose sight of Marega.
https://youtu.be/1RInDI7iBEU?t=152

Second goal, lost sight of Marega again, let him get behind him. Sure he assumed he had backside help, but he didn't need to be where he was. He had a player pressuring the ball. However, the other player didn't track Marega's run, so not all his fault. Like I said it is team defending. Nonetheless, he is the last defender. When he saw the pass, should have at least bumped into Marega. Likely, wouldn't have been red because there was a defender in the center, so I don't think I would have been a last man foul. Also, he could have reached and held up Marega once he was beat. Sure, could have been a red if too much force, but a little nudge sometimes is all that is needed to throw a striker off. Getting a red a going down to 10-man a goal down at 86 minutes, is probably better than 2-0 at 86 minutes.

2nd Goal

Having said all of that, I had rated Ferro slightly higher than Dias until the Nations League finals. Dias was calm and assured in the final.

So Santos sees a high pressure, intense game and Ferro sort of chokes. I don't blame him for not bringing him in.

On the flip side, Ferro and Dias are generally a great partnership and Ferro is in the future, Carrico likely isn't. So a case can be made to bring him in and help him integrate.

But Santos knows he needs to win the next two, and injuries can happen, so he needs competent players to be relied on now, therefore Carrico.

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I Would like to see ricardo Horta be called up

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Not suprised but disappointed that Ferro is not included and also djalo who is with u21s who plays alongside fonte with Lille in central defence, has started well. I am not following podence in a weak greek league but would have thought givne...

Not suprised but disappointed that Ferro is not included and also djalo who is with u21s who plays alongside fonte with Lille in central defence, has started well. I am not following podence in a weak greek league but would have thought givne bruma's good start at PSV and his typically god performance with NT that he would get a call up....other than that its probably to early for some of the outstanding youngsters right now....

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Apart from Ferro and Ricardo Pereira, I can't think of too many other guys who deserved a call-up. Perhaps Goncalo Paciencia could have been given a look just so that we could have a proper #9 in the squad, but we have plenty of talented...

Apart from Ferro and Ricardo Pereira, I can't think of too many other guys who deserved a call-up. Perhaps Goncalo Paciencia could have been given a look just so that we could have a proper #9 in the squad, but we have plenty of talented second-strikers, wingers, and attacking midfielders.

If Rafael Leao gets consistent playing time for Milan, he will definitely become a regular for the Seleccao. He is still a bit unpolished in certain areas of his game, but he has a significantly higher ceiling to any of our other options at center-forward.

I could see Santos sticking to the defense-minded 4-3-3 against Serbia. Danilo and William will likely be joined by Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, and probably Joao Felix. Rafa, Jota, and Renato will offer plenty of energy off the bench.

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Ferro has been called up to squad

I still think Bruma is better than guedes and he did very well starting most ggsmes during nations keague qualifying.

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Everton beat wolves at the weekend and Andre Gomes was the midfield boss in the 2nd half especially against the likes of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho. Was superb in the premier league last season while on loan but has not received a call up...

Everton beat wolves at the weekend and Andre Gomes was the midfield boss in the 2nd half especially against the likes of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho. Was superb in the premier league last season while on loan but has not received a call up while Sanchez gets a call without seeing much game time.

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Having watched Everton v Wolves Andre Gomes was clearly the midfield boss against the likes of Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves. Had a fantastic season at Everton last however has not been called up as yet.

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