Diogo Dalot called up as replacement

Portugal’s preparations for Euro 2020 have suffered a blow with the news that first-choice right-back João Cancelo has had to pull out of the tournament two days before the Seleção’s first match against Hungary after testing positive for Covid-19.

It is a huge personal blow for Cancelo, who has just played the best campaign of his career, having been voted into the official English Premier League team of the season. It is also a setback for Portugal. Cancelo was an important component of the team as exemplified by his man-of-the-match display in the final pre-tournament friendly against Israel on Wednesday.

Under-21 right-back Diogo Dalot has been called up as replacement. Dalot has never played for the senior team, but has been a staple in Portugal’s youth teams, racking up 71 caps for the Seleção at the various under-age levels. 

News of Cancelo’s forced omission from Euro 2020 broke on Sunday morning. A press release from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) explained that Cancelo returned a positive result from a routine rapid diagnostic antigen test carried out on Saturday by the FPF Health and Performance team.
 
The Hungarian authorities were immediately informed and Cancelo, who is asymptomatic, went into isolation. The Manchester City player also took a real-time PCR test on Saturday. The positive result was confirmed on Sunday morning.
 
In line with UEFA’s Covid-19 protocol, all players and members of the national team delegation took a RT-PCR test on Saturday. All the results – apart for João Cancelo’s – were negative.

By Tom Kundert

 

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This is a total bummer. Shit shit shit. I would have preferred any time to read Ronaldo being ruled out. But maybe deep somewhere, well hidden, Ronaldo might even be happy to see one player less that will steal him the show. Shit

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Now there is a slight chance of more players coming out positive in near future. We have to remember that covid symptoms take days to appear and he played in the friendly against Israel. Hopefully I am wrong.

Btw there is a sudden increase in...

Now there is a slight chance of more players coming out positive in near future. We have to remember that covid symptoms take days to appear and he played in the friendly against Israel. Hopefully I am wrong.

Btw there is a sudden increase in Ronaldo hate in this website. I know he has been really shit especially in terms of not realising that he is not the same player anymore.

But we need to take into consideration that he is still a Goal machine albeit mostly a poacher. He will demand a lot of attention from the opposing defense. Other Offensive players in the team need to take advantage of it and turn this weakness into strength.

FORÇA PORTUGAL

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What you say would work, if Ronaldo would accept this. But he doesn‘t. Hebooenly shows his frustration when he doesn‘t get the ball. And he still demands each free kick, even though Bruno, Raphael, or Neves are all better in free kicks. Does no...

What you say would work, if Ronaldo would accept this. But he doesn‘t. Hebooenly shows his frustration when he doesn‘t get the ball. And he still demands each free kick, even though Bruno, Raphael, or Neves are all better in free kicks. Does no pressing, etc etc. I don‘t see the bottomline that PT is better with him, I dare to assume the opposite.

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Big blow for us. Thought Cancelo could come back after he’s isolated for the 2 weeks into the squad?
Right back wise, Semedo hasn’t been great for Wolves but hopefully he steps up.
Still have faith with the quality and of the squad compared to...

Big blow for us. Thought Cancelo could come back after he’s isolated for the 2 weeks into the squad?
Right back wise, Semedo hasn’t been great for Wolves but hopefully he steps up.
Still have faith with the quality and of the squad compared to the 2016 squad when we won it.
Forca Portugal!

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This is not good at all, Joao would of been a huge player for us throughout this tournament and I feel having removed him from the tournament completely is a bit unfair from UEFA... shouldn't he be able to play after 2 weeks?

I can understand...

This is not good at all, Joao would of been a huge player for us throughout this tournament and I feel having removed him from the tournament completely is a bit unfair from UEFA... shouldn't he be able to play after 2 weeks?

I can understand why Fernando Santos has called up Diogo Dalot in his place as he offers similar skills and characteristics to Joao Cancelo but he has no experience what so ever with our national team. Is Ricardo Pereira injured???

I hope this doesn't send a ripple of Covid through our team.

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Can some one please for criest sake tell me why o why ricardo perriera was not called to replace him ???

Dalot is good but fernando wont play him ,so we have semedo who i have never rated untillll i mite add i saw his last performance for the...

Can some one please for criest sake tell me why o why ricardo perriera was not called to replace him ???

Dalot is good but fernando wont play him ,so we have semedo who i have never rated untillll i mite add i saw his last performance for the seleção which he was quiet good...

well ffs ...

I love ronaldo ❤ but Rolf i would agree with you 99% id almost prefer it was him...

But hoepfly he makes me eat my words,but i mean surely they talk back to him in the dressing room listen ronnie its not all about you mate ?, play for the team its not all about your individual records snap out of it mate ...

lets go as a unit a team effort lets share the spoils...

Forcccaaaaa

i love dalot by the way i just dont get why ricardo waant called over semedo dalot and cancelo

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He is our only top five player. Now he is out. It is over. Time to look towards World Cup 2022.

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cedric or ricardo why dalot ,who not going to get a sniff of the game

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Personally, I wouldn't have replaced him. I'm not sure what the protocol is with UEFA or FPF. He tested positive on Saturday, which means he would be out for the group stages for the 14 days of isolation. He should/would be available for the...

Personally, I wouldn't have replaced him. I'm not sure what the protocol is with UEFA or FPF. He tested positive on Saturday, which means he would be out for the group stages for the 14 days of isolation. He should/would be available for the round of 16 clash, but not sure how he can stay at optimal fit levels when in isolation....

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When I first heard this I thought it was just a meme or some joke...unfortunately I was wrong. I hope to god semedo steps up to the plate. He’s put in good performances before - despite having a tough season and having some trouble at Barça, I...

When I first heard this I thought it was just a meme or some joke...unfortunately I was wrong. I hope to god semedo steps up to the plate. He’s put in good performances before - despite having a tough season and having some trouble at Barça, I think he’ll do well. We’re going to be missing a lot of attacking power down that right flank so we’ll have to adjust accordingly.

I think Dalot has a bright future, but as mentioned before me I don’t know why Cedric wasn’t called up or even Pereira for that matter. Cedric is a meat and potatoes and defender, he’s not a flashy fullback but he can certainly defend. Even if Cancelo could come back for the R16 I don’t know if he would be able to stay fit while in isolation. I know it’s not time to experiment but maybe Nuno Mendes is a great right-back lol! That would be the best possible thing at the moment.

Let’s hope this wave of covid doesn’t sweep through our squad. F*** Covid.

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I agree with you on not calling up Cedric either. He's dependable defensively!

Lets leave Nuno Mendes as a left back.....lol.

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Portugal’s game relies on speedy wing backs. Cedric is a liability in that sense.

I see a lot of people saying Semedo had a tough year. I disagree. He was one of the shining lights on a pretty ordinary wolves side. Portugal doesn’t rely on a...

Portugal’s game relies on speedy wing backs. Cedric is a liability in that sense.

I see a lot of people saying Semedo had a tough year. I disagree. He was one of the shining lights on a pretty ordinary wolves side. Portugal doesn’t rely on a ton of defense from the wing backs/fullbacks. I think Semedo will thrive

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