Seleção coach Fernando Santos has announced his squad for the final two matches of the Nations League group phase.

There was particular interest in the list this time around given that it is the penultimate squad announcement before Santos reveals his World Cup squad.

There were no major surprises, although the inclusion of Pedro Neto and Tiago Djaló raised some eyebrows, with the likes of Gonçalo Guedes, David Carmo and Gonçalo Inácio missing out. 

“I started preparing a list with 55 names on it, and even so it was not easy, so imagine what it’s like having to choose 26,” said Santos. “It’s very difficult, fortunately, for Portugal and for me.

“What would be bad would be having to select 26 but only having 20 or so players to choose from. It’s a headache, but it’s a good headache.”

Santos also clarified that Renato Sanches and Otávio Monteiro were omitted because they were declared injured by Portugal’s medical department.


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Portugal play the Czech Republic in Prague on 24 September, and three days later finish the Nations League Group A2 campaign with a home fixture against Spain, in Braga.

The Seleção are currently one point behind leaders Spain and need to overtake the Spanish to qualify for the final four to be played in June 2023.

Portugal squad for the Nations League group phase matches 

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), José Sá (Wolves), Rui Patrício (Roma)

Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), João Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (PSG), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Tiago Djaló (Lille), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: João Palhinha (Fulham), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mário (SL Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolves), Vitinha (PSG), William Carvalho (Real Betis)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Pedro Neto (Wolves), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Rafael Leão (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (Braga)  

 

 

Rui Jorge starts prepping for U21 European Championship

Portugal U21 coach Rui Jorge also announced the squad for the friendly match against Georgia in Covilhã on 24 September.

The goal for Jorge is to start preparing the team for the U21 European championship jointly staged in Georgia and Romania next summer.

Portugal U21 squad for friendly against Georgia 

Goalkeepers: André Gomes (Benfica), Celton Biai (Vitória Guimarães), Samuel Soares (Benfica)

Defenders: António Silva (Benfica), Bernardo Vital (Estoril Praia), Eduardo Quaresma (Hoffenheim), João Costa (Rio Ave), Leonardo Lelo (Casa Pia), Rafael Rodrigues (Benfica)

Midfielders: Afonso Sousa (Lech Poznan), André Amaro (Vitória Guimarães), André Almeida (Valencia), José Carlos (Vitória Guimarães), Paulo Bernardo (Benfica), Samuel Costa (Almería), Tiago Dantas (PAOK), Vasco Sousa (Porto)

Forwards: David da Costa (Lens), Fábio Silva (Anderlecht), Francisco Conceição (Ajax), Henrique Araújo (Benfica), Rodrigo Conceição (Porto), Vítor Oliveira (Braga)

By Tom Kundert

 

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Seems like an odd time to start omitting Moutinho.
If they were going to transition away from him, I would think they would do it when we’re not two months from the WC

Lou
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Diogo Leite is playing every match at Union Berlin and after the 6th round, the Union Berlin team is leading the Bundesliga ( fast and aggressive league). He should have been selected to play in the National league.

Neville
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Oh boy, just checked the Bundesliga table. It's gonna be a tough game for Braga. Judging by the way some youngsters play this season, we might have a few debutants at the World Cup.

Samuel
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Instead of Danilo Pereira and William Carvalho, Goncalo Inacio and Florentino Luis should have been selected.

Tarini Prasad Sahoo
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I don’t mind Moutinho not being there but I agree with the comment that it’s a weird time to exclude him.
The Neto inclusion is the most confusing one. He’s been having a very poor season. Celtic’s Jota deserved the call up but since he plays in...

I don’t mind Moutinho not being there but I agree with the comment that it’s a weird time to exclude him.
The Neto inclusion is the most confusing one. He’s been having a very poor season. Celtic’s Jota deserved the call up but since he plays in Scotland he won’t even get a look. No doubt João mario has been having a great season but I don’t like his inclusion. He’s always so poor for the NT. If fit I think Sanches and Otavio will make the WC squad

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Ash
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I love Ronaldo but hope he doesn’t automatically get the full 90 minutes. I’d like to see him as a super sub. 30 minutes balls out at the end once the oppositions defence have been tired by the relentless Bernardo Silva.
My wondering right now...

I love Ronaldo but hope he doesn’t automatically get the full 90 minutes. I’d like to see him as a super sub. 30 minutes balls out at the end once the oppositions defence have been tired by the relentless Bernardo Silva.
My wondering right now is formation. I hope it’s all attacking and not bus parking against minnow teams like we’ve seen in the past. Those were frustrating matches.

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Jerrold Hewson
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I think the biggest thing this team needs to work on is being consistent. I rarely get the feeling that this team has full control of a game and we often see swings in their performance. Getting the right balance will be really important to get...

I think the biggest thing this team needs to work on is being consistent. I rarely get the feeling that this team has full control of a game and we often see swings in their performance. Getting the right balance will be really important to get this team to click. Which midfield player combination would produce the best results?

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Filipe
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Fernando Santos said it was a headache for him choose the 26 players.

That is not the main issue.

The thing is: does he have a plan?

Everyone here can make the names of Fabio Carvalho, David Carmo and many others that deserve to be in this...

Fernando Santos said it was a headache for him choose the 26 players.

That is not the main issue.

The thing is: does he have a plan?

Everyone here can make the names of Fabio Carvalho, David Carmo and many others that deserve to be in this team.

Also, Ronaldo is an issue.

This World Cup will be just a good farewell for him and Pepe.

Portugal's future is bright.

Without Santos.

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Will
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Moutinho lost his place in the last Nations League window. He got one start versus
Spain and then benched with a substitute appearance against Czechia. It's not a surprise.

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