After the state of near-euphoria caused by Portugal’s powerful displays against Croatia and Sweden last month, it is no surprise that Seleção coach Fernando Santos has selected a similar squad for the upcoming matches against Spain, France and Sweden.  

Four new faces make the cut compared to the previous squad in Rafa Silva, Daniel Podence, Rúben Semedo and William Carvalho, while Domingos Duarte, André Gomes and Gonçalo Guedes drop out to make way for the recalled quartet. 

The rest of the squad remains the same, and given the calibre of the opposition, it will be interesting to see if in a couple of weeks we are talking about “a reality check” or “confirmation Portugal are contenders to win big”. 

Portugal play Spain in a friendly match on 7 October at the Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, and one week later take on Sweden at the same venue in a Nations League match. These games will see a small number of fans allowed into the stadium for the first time in mainland Portugal since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The biggest test for Portugal, though, will be the match in between these two encounters, on 11 October, at Stade de France in Paris. The game against the current world champions, who will no doubt be keen of exacting revenge for the Euro 2016 final defeat at the same venue, is a mouth-watering prospect.

Full Portugal squad

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

Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), José Fonte (Lille), Pepe (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Rúben Semedo (Olympiakos), Mário Rui (Napoli), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), Rúben Neves (Wolves), William Carvalho (Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Lille), João Moutinho (Wolves), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto)

Forwards: Daniel Podence (Wolves) Rafa Silva (Benfica), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Trincão (Barcelona), João Félix (Atlético Madrid)

By Tom Kundert

 

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Great to see William Carvalho back in the squad - he really has established himself as a real leader in the heart of midfield over the past couple of years, and we are definitely a better side with him on the pitch. Moutinho has been a loyal...

Great to see William Carvalho back in the squad - he really has established himself as a real leader in the heart of midfield over the past couple of years, and we are definitely a better side with him on the pitch. Moutinho has been a loyal servant for the Selecao over the years and still has plenty to offer, but William, when fit, should be operating alongside Danilo in the double pivot, especially against quality sides like France.

Also glad to see Rafa and Podence return to the team. It's highly unlikely that either of them will start in the Nations League games, but I think they offer much more as an impact sub than Guedes.

I expect the see the likes of Renato, Jota, and Neves get plenty of time against Spain, but we should see our strongest 11 against France and Sweden. Can't wait!

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that is a darn fine call up!!!!

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Anybody know if Santos reads these articles? Dropping Guedes and starting Jota has been what I’ve wanted for over a year now haha. Hey Fernando if you’re reading this, next time give some strong consideration to calling up Leao. Also, seriously...

Anybody know if Santos reads these articles? Dropping Guedes and starting Jota has been what I’ve wanted for over a year now haha. Hey Fernando if you’re reading this, next time give some strong consideration to calling up Leao. Also, seriously thank you from the bottom of my heart for deleting Joao Mario’s phone number too. It’s better for your health and mine. Thanks ?

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LOL! Would be funny.

I think its just Santos isn't a dummy Bento-box or a Carlos Cheese head Queiroz.

Santos is proactive and he sees what we see. He has always addressed issues or problems with the correct solutions.

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Why would you want to consider Leao? It's still just the start of the season yes, he has hardly played for Milan, and I wouldn't mind naming him the flop of the match against Rio Ave last night. He was very bad. He needs more game time. He's got...

Why would you want to consider Leao? It's still just the start of the season yes, he has hardly played for Milan, and I wouldn't mind naming him the flop of the match against Rio Ave last night. He was very bad. He needs more game time. He's got no place in the national team at the moment.

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@Dhazer

I’ll be honest I didn’t watch the game you’re talking about. When I say call up Leao, I don’t mean for him to be an automatic starter, I think of it more like if you’re calling up Trincao, well why not Leao? Leao has shown equal if not...

@Dhazer

I’ll be honest I didn’t watch the game you’re talking about. When I say call up Leao, I don’t mean for him to be an automatic starter, I think of it more like if you’re calling up Trincao, well why not Leao? Leao has shown equal if not more promise than Trincao up to this point in my opinion. I’ve also never really liked André Silva and it’s not because I think he’s a bad player. I just don’t see the point of having him when Ronaldo will 100% take his position every important game. So I look for who can we put around Ronaldo that is dynamic and quick, which is why I like Jota. Andre Silva is like a younger poorer version of Higuain or maybe even a Hugo Almeida. I think we’re better off with speed around Ronaldo and not statues. When Ronaldo leaves in a couple of years than I have no problem with Silva being a number 9 and he’ll only be 26.

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Very good selection, happy across the whole team.

I still think and not of his fault, just looking forward, fonte could be replaced by one of the 3-4 under 21 defenders starting to show promise. Not a problem just an observation.

Also, andre...

Very good selection, happy across the whole team.

I still think and not of his fault, just looking forward, fonte could be replaced by one of the 3-4 under 21 defenders starting to show promise. Not a problem just an observation.

Also, andre gomes has been v.good for a v.good everton right now, much better form than moutinho at the moment...but its not do or die as i expect moutinho to drop to bench for sanches or william.

I also agree with givng leao an opportubity to step up from u21...he offers pace, power and trickery off the left, very very good at holding off defenders and linking play...not a starter but a great option over a.silva as he is way more dynamic.

trincao has shown fine cameos for barca and is a little unlucky not to start over griezman on current impact..im actually suprised at how quickly he settled and how his confidence isnt shadowed by the other players.

And ill mention again...dont be suprised if by end of season n.mendes isnt shaking down doors on the left back role...2nd to raphael.

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Guys, i am a fan of Olympiacos.
What do you think of our Portuguese players?
Jose Sa, Ruben Semedo, Ruben Vinagre (loan), Tiago Silva, Pepe, Bruma (loan) ?
Pedro Martins is transforming us to an Iberic team ?.

We will enjoy the games in CL...

Guys, i am a fan of Olympiacos.
What do you think of our Portuguese players?
Jose Sa, Ruben Semedo, Ruben Vinagre (loan), Tiago Silva, Pepe, Bruma (loan) ?
Pedro Martins is transforming us to an Iberic team ?.

We will enjoy the games in CL this year.

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Sa was torched in the CL by Liverpool, had a really bad game when he was at Porto. The good news for Olympiacos, is that he seemed to learn from that and has improved.

Semedo has always had potential, but what went down in Spain messed him up....

Sa was torched in the CL by Liverpool, had a really bad game when he was at Porto. The good news for Olympiacos, is that he seemed to learn from that and has improved.

Semedo has always had potential, but what went down in Spain messed him up. He is on the right track now and looks like a solid center back. Once again good news for Olympiacos.

Vinagre looks like he was going to be a star, but he has stalled. He is fast and has a motor on him, but likes to attack more than to defend(like all Portuguese Winger-Backs) and is under sized. But he is young and can still get consistent and improve. May turn out to be a very good player.

Bruma, hmmm. Could go either way. Still hasn't been able to consistently perform.

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Really nothing to complain about here. A squad mostly chosen on form which is fantastic.

For those of you asking for R.Leao, I don’t think you guys are into anything there. He’s a quality player, no doubt and hopefully will be huge for Portugal...

Really nothing to complain about here. A squad mostly chosen on form which is fantastic.

For those of you asking for R.Leao, I don’t think you guys are into anything there. He’s a quality player, no doubt and hopefully will be huge for Portugal in the near or later future.
However, he has not been playing much. I have not been watching Milan games in general, however based on his cameo vs Rio Ave he has no business being near the national team at this moment. He needs to gain some form and playing time to even justify it.

Us fans are an odd bunch. When players are called up with lack of form or playing time we criticize. When they aren’t called up with lack of time or form we desire them to be there anyways. It’s a logic I don’t understand and still fall under often lololol.

Forca Portugal, lets take down our opponents with our quality and sturdiness!!!

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Andre Gomes has been a monster for Everton so far in Central Midfield whereas Moutinho and Neves have been struggling. Surprise omission.

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-----------------------A. Lopes------------------------
N.Semedo---Pepe----- R. Dias---Guerreiro
------------Danilo---------------William-------------
----------------------Fernandes-----------------------
B Silva--------J.Felix/ A.Silva------Ronaldo

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Against France and Sweden?

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Good selection the only
One I’m not sure about is Podence, what exactly has he done? I would have swapped him out for Pedro Neto.

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