The Seleção are back in action in September and Portugal coach Fernando Santos today announced a 25-man squad, handing debut call-ups to Barcelona forward Francisco Trincão and Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva.

Silva’s Granada teammate Domingos Duarte also gets the nod, while the recall of goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is another noteworthy selection. 

Portugal kick off the defence of their Nations League crown with a home match against Croatia in Porto on 5 September, before travelling to Sweden three days later. 

France make up an extremely competitive Group A3, where the winners will progress to the finals, and the team finishing 4th will be relegated to the B-tier of groups for the next edition of the tournament.

“These are two extremely tough matches. It’s a group of top-quality teams,” said Santos. “But our goal is to win the Nations League and prepare well for the European championships.”

Full Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Rui Patrício (Wolves), Rui Silva (Granada)

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

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), Rúben Neves (Wolves), André Gomes (Everton), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Renato Sanches (Lille), João Moutinho (Wolverhampton), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto)

Forwards: Diogo Jota (Wolves), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Trincão (Barcelona), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Félix (Atlético Madrid)

by Tom Kundert

 

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I’m sort of curious to see how this selection would work. On paper I think this could be our most offensive lineup possible. What we lack with this selection is a defensive midfielder though. One thing about Bernardo and Bruno though is they have...

I’m sort of curious to see how this selection would work. On paper I think this could be our most offensive lineup possible. What we lack with this selection is a defensive midfielder though. One thing about Bernardo and Bruno though is they have a very high work rate so they will both go back to receive the ball from deep. I understand that Santos would probably never do this exactly but it would be interesting. I understand that trincao probably shouldn’t play right away but from what I’ve seen of him, he has all of the tools to be an elite attacking winger. I’d prefer Cedric or Ricardo over Semedo though but this is the hand we’re dealt.

Rui
Semedo Duarte Dias Cancelo

Trincao Bernardo Bruno Raph

Ronaldo Jota

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you'd take Jota over Felix?

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I am ok with the call up but I would replace jota with Ricardo Horta; still dont understand why he doesnt get called up.

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I don't have any problems with the squads. All of our best fit/in-form players were selected, and there should be more than enough quality at Santos' disposal to field competitive teams against both Croatia and Sweden.

William is the only...

I don't have any problems with the squads. All of our best fit/in-form players were selected, and there should be more than enough quality at Santos' disposal to field competitive teams against both Croatia and Sweden.

William is the only regular who is missing, so I don't expect Santos to make any significant personnel changes to our starting 11. The only question marks will be regarding who (if anyone) partners Ronaldo up top, and who comes in to replace William in the #8 position. It will also be interesting to see which formation Santos opts to go with. We've alternated between a 4-3-3 and a 4-4-2 diamond shape in recent times, so I doubt he'll veer too far away from a system that the players are familiar with, especially considering the fact that it's been so long since they've last played together.

Many of Croatia's best players are on the wrong side of 30, but they're still a side with more than enough quality to give us a proper fight. Thus, I think it's more likely that he will go with a relatively conservative line-up with one of Bernardo or Bruno Fernandes operating as an attacking midfielder in behind Ronaldo.

I personally would love to see Guerreiro as a left winger and Cancelo at left-back (he's been solid there for Man City). Pepe, Ruben Dias, and Nelson Semedo are pretty much guaranteed starters barring injury. I also expect Danilo to get the start as he is the most defensively sound #6 Santos has at his disposal.

I'm most excited to see if Trincao will get any minutes in either game. I've managed to watch a bit of him at Braga last season, and he really does look like the real deal. Not quite as explosive as Rafa or Guedes, but his vision, close-control, and end product are superb for such a young player. I think he definitely has the potential to be a key player for both Barcelona and the Selecao - he just needs plenty of playing time to adjust to his new surroundings.

If I had to predict an 11, however, I'd go with this:

Ronaldo - Bernardo, Fernandes, Felix, Moutinho, Danilo - Guerreiro, Dias, Pepe, Semedo.

Not what I'd personally go for, but still good enough (on paper) to get the job done.

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@Jerrold yes I would take Jota over Felix and it’s not because I think Jota is a better player technically than Felix. I think Jota brings intangibles to that position that nobody else has, mainly speed and a selfishness to attack the goal. This...

@Jerrold yes I would take Jota over Felix and it’s not because I think Jota is a better player technically than Felix. I think Jota brings intangibles to that position that nobody else has, mainly speed and a selfishness to attack the goal. This might sound stupid but when you have Bernardo and Bruno, do you really need another Joao Felix in the middle of the field? Joao Felix isn’t a winger and he’s not a forward, I said this last year when santos and someone tried to squeeze him into a position that he isn’t suited to play. He’s not fast, he’s not strong and he’s not the type of player to constantly be looking to run behind defenders. Can he do it, well yeah, of course he can do it but it’s not his game, you don’t want to coach out the instinct of players. Joao Felix can sub in for Bruno or Bernardo. Just my opinion.

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If we had the Euro 2020 this year, players like Pepe and Joao Moutinho would retire after the tournament, but now we have to wait till next year. There are now many promising youngsters capable of taking their slots, but because of their...

If we had the Euro 2020 this year, players like Pepe and Joao Moutinho would retire after the tournament, but now we have to wait till next year. There are now many promising youngsters capable of taking their slots, but because of their seniority and their namesake, the youngsters are incapable of forcing them out.

I am hoping Ronaldo plays until the next World Cup when he turns 39. He still has the motivation, stamina and drive to play in the highest level for a few more years.

How about giving Paulinho and Ricardo Horta a chance.

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Dhazer, dont you think Pepe and Moutinho has the motivation, How do you access the ability of a player. Moutinho and Pepe are the first team regulars and plays through the game for their clubs. You need to revisit and revise your criteria to...

Dhazer, dont you think Pepe and Moutinho has the motivation, How do you access the ability of a player. Moutinho and Pepe are the first team regulars and plays through the game for their clubs. You need to revisit and revise your criteria to consider which players need to retire. A winning team needs to have young and experienced players.

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------Ronaldo--------------Silva-----
----------------Bernardo-----------------
-------Neves-----------Fernandes------
-----------------Danilo--------------------
Guerreiro----Dias------Pepe----Cancelo
-----------------Patrício-------------------
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------Ronaldo--------------Silva-----
----------------Bernardo-----------------
-------Neves-----------Fernandes------
-----------------Danilo--------------------
Guerreiro----Dias------Pepe----Cancelo
-----------------Patrício-------------------


Santos has played with two defensive midfielders for a while now and I don’t see that changing. If William and Ricardo were fit they’d be in the starting 11 but since they’re not I think he’ll go with Neves who has had an excellent season and Cancelo.

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