The wait is over. Fernando Santos announced Portugal’s 26-man squad who will defend their European Championship crown at FPF headquarters in Cidade do Futebol on the outskirts of Lisbon tonight.

There were no big surprises. William Carvalho is recalled, Pedro Gonçalves makes the cut – his debut callup to the senior Seleção – after his sensational season for Sporting, and Gonçalo Guedes is rewarded for his recent resurgence in form.

Players who may feel unlucky to miss out include defenders Ricardo Pereira and Domingos Duarte. 

 

Portugal’s European Championship 2020 squad:

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

Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers), José Fonte (Lille), Pepe (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (PSG), João Palhinha (Sporting), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Renato Sanches (Lille), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Real Bétis)

Forwards: Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica)

 

Fernando Santos quotes

Will this be Ronaldo’s last Euro? “I don’t know. With Ronado it’s tough to make that judgement, he’s a machine. He takes care of himself in all facets, he takes really good care of himself. I played with [José] Torres when he was 42 years old, and just yesterday we saw a player, a goalkeeper, win the Italian cup with the same age. It will depend on him, but we can’t rule it out. I believe he will be at World Cup 2022. Afterwards it will depend on him, I can’t answer that.”

On a 26-man squad instead of the usual 23. “This squad selection wasn’t easy, but it’s more because of a question of management. I’m an advocate of a 23-man squad, because all the players can then be on the bench and that is very important. For the first time, in a different context, and although I agreed with the other coaches to this increase given the circumstances, there will be 26. I’m going to have to leave three players out every match, and that won’t be easy to manage.”

On calling up William Carvalho, despite little playing time at his club: “He hasn’t played much for his club, but he’s not injured. Some players play with one coach and not with another. William has qualities that none of our other players have. He can bring important things to us and we have time to get him match fit. With a 26-man squad, I thought I should include William. He can be a 6, a 8, a 10, he’s very versatile.”

Is Portugal playing a three-centre-back system a possibility? “That’s not my thinking. It may happen as a one-off, but as our system, no. ”

You have selected only three centre-backs. Can Danilo be the fourth centre-back? “Danilo is a midfielder, but he can play as a central defender. But he won’t play in this position unless it’s an extraordinary situation.”

Are Portugal favourites? “We are European champions, which makes us all proud. The support of the Portuguese people is fundamental and this support, together with the ability of this team, leads me to make the same commitment we made in 2016. When nobody expected it, I said we were contenders to win the trophy. We’re going to the tournament with this aim and I have great confidence in the players. I have the same conviction that we are contenders to win this tournament.”

When did you decide Pedro Gonçalves would be selected? “He’s been on the list as a possibility for selection since the last squad. He had a good season at Famalicão, and we’ve been watching him at Sporting. Two Sporting players made it earlier than him, Palhinha and Nuno Mendes. I went to the stadium several times to watch him. But no, it was not last night’s match that influenced the decision.”

by Tom Kundert

 

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Lots of familiar faces in here - which is a good thing. I wonder who you would pick as your CDM; Danilo, Joao P, or William?

As a side note, it’s amazing how many Portuguese fans over the games didn’t realize William was injured. They just...

Lots of familiar faces in here - which is a good thing. I wonder who you would pick as your CDM; Danilo, Joao P, or William?

As a side note, it’s amazing how many Portuguese fans over the games didn’t realize William was injured. They just assumed he was left off the selection process.

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Danilo strikes me as kind of too slow...maybe against Hungary, but France I think he'd be exposed. I think Joao P deserves a look, but he's also kind of green. And then William, who has been hurt on and off again...he's normally the guy I like...

Danilo strikes me as kind of too slow...maybe against Hungary, but France I think he'd be exposed. I think Joao P deserves a look, but he's also kind of green. And then William, who has been hurt on and off again...he's normally the guy I like and pick, but do you risk a 75% William come June?

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I echo this sentiment, Danilo seems slow, William maybe not much faster.....I'm hoping Joao P gets a shot and steps up. That said, i like William's inclusion.

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Who got the short end of the stick here???

I actually like the squad and think for the most part, it's a solid one where good, young players who deserved their call up got picked, the usual untouchables and a few veterans.

The veterans are a...

Who got the short end of the stick here???

I actually like the squad and think for the most part, it's a solid one where good, young players who deserved their call up got picked, the usual untouchables and a few veterans.

The veterans are a bit of an anomaly to me. Fonte was completed roasted against France, so he won't start. But shouldn't they have maybe picked Domingos Duarte?

I think Pepe is OK but he is also 38...long-term future we need to start grooming both of their replacements ASAP.

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I'm not the least bit surprised to see William make the squad. He's definitely on the outside looking in at the moment and if Santos were only given the option to bring 23 players, the Betis man probably wouldn't have made the cut.

That being...

I'm not the least bit surprised to see William make the squad. He's definitely on the outside looking in at the moment and if Santos were only given the option to bring 23 players, the Betis man probably wouldn't have made the cut.

That being said, I'm not opposed to his inclusion. He shouldn't be anywhere near the starting 11, but I suppose he wouldn't be the worst person to throw on the pitch late in the 2nd half or in extra time to help shore things up and provide some calmness. I see him competing with Moutinho for that specific in game situation.

I will say that I'm not a big fan of only calling up 3 center-backs, especially with the 3 extra options we had at our disposal. Pepe is still class yet I would be shocked to see him play 90 minutes each and every game this summer.

I suppose Danilo could fill in as an emergency option, but I would have preferred to have seen Duarte get a call up rather than some one like Goncalo Guedes.

We've got a strong defensive spine, a deep and diverse midfield, a wealth of creative playmakers, and two of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe this season.

Let's win this!

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I'm a long time reader of portugoal.net and supporter of the national team since euro 2000. I have never commented in the discussions but always enjoy reading your guys comments/opinions especially regarding the seleccao.

For me, on paper this...

I'm a long time reader of portugoal.net and supporter of the national team since euro 2000. I have never commented in the discussions but always enjoy reading your guys comments/opinions especially regarding the seleccao.

For me, on paper this is probably the deepest squad we have had since 2006. There are always questions regarding why the coach selects certain players and leaves others out that seem to merit the call up but overall I don't have a strong disagreement with any of the selections. The only one that puzzles me a bit is the inclusion of William as he has seen so little playing time in the lead up to this tournament, however if he is fully fit I can understand why Santos picked him as he's been a favorite of his since he took over the NT and when William plays for Portugal he usually doesn't put a foot wrong and brings that calm and positional awareness in front of the back line, however with Danilo and Palinha playing a similar role I wonder if he will end up as option #3 coming off the bench. Guedes is interesting as well, but he has that explosive pace and shot that I could see coming in handy for Fernando Santos coming off the bench if we are in a pinch. (having nations league final flashback)

The group phase will be as tricky to navigate as any I can remember. I believe we are playing both Germany and Hungary on their home soil, then we only have to play France in the last game lol. Anyone know how many fans are going to be allowed into the stadiums or if any supporters that aren't local are allowed to attend?

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No major disagreements come to mind now....but Semedo, how he gets in is beyond me, he is and has been a rock solid liability in my view for Wolves.

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Yeah, Semedo seems very capable passing wize, control, reasonable defending, but his overall influence has likely been a net negative. His link-ups don't usually result in a result generating a goal. Granted Wolves had alot of attacking...

Yeah, Semedo seems very capable passing wize, control, reasonable defending, but his overall influence has likely been a net negative. His link-ups don't usually result in a result generating a goal. Granted Wolves had alot of attacking problems losing their top 2 forwards, and comparing to Matt Doherty, at least initiailly is unfair, since you have to give him time to develop chemistry, But this has been a whole season with not alot of improvement. Dunno,....at least Cancelo has variety and at least has some biting edge guile that he brings to the table offensively. Defensively, this is another conversation. It's too bad Ricard Pereira got injured so badly and hasn't really recovered form...it would be good to have some proper defending at wing-back. It seems our starting wing backs are Cancel and Guerreiro (whose been playing midfield winger for his club). We defend against top teams with 9 players being back, i think sacrificing some of the attacking abiltiy in favour of defensive qualities would've been better.

That said, I dunno if I would've taken Cedric or out-of-sorts Pereira in place of Semedo. Haven't seen those other play enough.

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Only 3 CBs is very risky - if you want to run deep in the tournament. Duarte in and one of the so-so forwards Rafa/Guedes out. Let‘s hope that no more injuries happen and that Jota gets fit. It has been expected that FS choses William over...

Only 3 CBs is very risky - if you want to run deep in the tournament. Duarte in and one of the so-so forwards Rafa/Guedes out. Let‘s hope that no more injuries happen and that Jota gets fit. It has been expected that FS choses William over Otavio. So overall choice is ok, but what about the system? FIrst name on the team sheet must be Bruno and the rest built around him. Imagine the MU Bruno and Jota as Rashford and Ronaldo as Cavani... But we know that will not happen because „Mr. Untouchable“ doesn‘t want to be there between the CBs with his back to the goal. But he‘ll want to take all the free kicks even though Guerreiro, Fernsndes, Neves are all better in that discipline... I hope he‘lll retire soon,

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I’m so bullish on this squad:

We have the best CB, RB, and 2nd best midfielder (after KD) in the premier league on this team.

We have two explosive LBs.

The second best scorer in Germany.

A hungry wonder kid with a lot of haters to...

I’m so bullish on this squad:

We have the best CB, RB, and 2nd best midfielder (after KD) in the premier league on this team.

We have two explosive LBs.

The second best scorer in Germany.

A hungry wonder kid with a lot of haters to disprove.

A proven manger who knows his shit

And finally .....

we have the best scorer in Italy this year and the all time GOAT.

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Call-ups.

I would have preferred Rafael Leão over Rafa Silva. Rafa who pretty much relies on his raw speed, is an average player and has never changed a game for Portugal. Guedes is more polished with the pace to match IMO. So that's OK.. but...

Call-ups.

I would have preferred Rafael Leão over Rafa Silva. Rafa who pretty much relies on his raw speed, is an average player and has never changed a game for Portugal. Guedes is more polished with the pace to match IMO. So that's OK.. but Leão will be missed.

The other issue is the center-backs. Pepe and Fonte are coming off productive seasons but one is 38, and the other 37 now respectively. We've been shopping for replacement(s) for years. It's sad to see how little we've advanced in this area. Ruben Dias' legs are going to be melting from all the burn out if we are to reach the deep stages of this tournament which I humbly expect we do. This squad is arguably stronger than the Euro 2012 team when C.Ronaldo, Pepe, Moutinho, Nani were all in their primes. But again, fingers crossed on Dias. He's played virtually every game and minute of the season with the Champions League final still to go. We are asking a lot from him given only three center backs.

In the midfield there's lots of options, I see possibilities for overly defensive tactics which i'm not a fan of.. but the quality is there to mix and match. Only problem is Bernardo and Felix are never listed as such. They are NOT forwards! and i'm hoping at some point in this tournament Santos' will be sensible enough to try something different.

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I agree with you on Bernardo and Felix

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Only 3 CBs & Why William Carvalho? Santos will surely play William as he is his fav pet. William offers nothing to the team, bullshit calmness, has a pace of 30, can't run fast to make tackle, shitty vision, just why is he there ?
My 11 would be...

Only 3 CBs & Why William Carvalho? Santos will surely play William as he is his fav pet. William offers nothing to the team, bullshit calmness, has a pace of 30, can't run fast to make tackle, shitty vision, just why is he there ?
My 11 would be : (4-2-3-1)
GK Patricio
RB Cancelo
CB Pepe
CB Dias
LB Guerrero
CDM Neves
CM Mourinho
LW Ronaldo/Jota
CAM Bruno
RW Felix/Bernardo/Jota
ST Silva/ Ronaldo

Ronaldo should play as No. 9 but doubt whether he would which would allow Jota on LW & Felix/Bernardo to interchange on RW. Bruno is a fixed CAM. Santos should play Neves & Moutinho together as they have better understanding with Jota. But Santos will always figit and play Danilo. Danilo and William are his pets who offer nothing still don't know why he always plays them. There's nothing like Moutinho & Neves long rangers. Jota & Bruno are going to be vital.

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The only player I'm not in favor of is William Carvalho. I mean, come on. Give the guy a break. He's had his lowest productive season in his career, out on the sidelines due to injuries. Well even if he's fit, he doesn't warrant a starting place...

The only player I'm not in favor of is William Carvalho. I mean, come on. Give the guy a break. He's had his lowest productive season in his career, out on the sidelines due to injuries. Well even if he's fit, he doesn't warrant a starting place at Betis or the national team. He has lost his rhythm this year. And besides, he is too slow. Same goes for Danilo. Lets start Joao Palhinha in out upcoming friendly match against Spain and let's see what he's got.


Like most of you guys, I'm also worried about Santos only picking 3 center backs. I think Domingos Duarte has got the potential to be on the national team. I think he must be devastated not getting the call and I feel sorry him. If Pedro Neto was healthy, I would pick him instead of Rafa Silva, but I'm happy at least one Benfica player gets called up.

What bothers me is the fact that the World Cup is only next year. Excluding Ronaldo, players like Joao Moutinho, Pepe and Jose Fonte must all be contemplating of playing in the tournament too. These guys really need to hang their boots now after the Euro and let younger generations step in.

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If Pepe stays healthy and sees regular playing time next season, I don't see anyone over taking him as our #2 CB heading into the world cup next year. Moutinho and Fonte may have a harder time staying in the squad by this time next year.

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