Suprise names in latest Portugal squad 

Fernando Santos has handed surprise call-ups to the senior Portugal squad to youngsters Lucas João, Gonçalo Guedes and Nélson Oliveira.

Ricardo Pereira is also rewarded for his excellent form in France, and there are recalls for midfielders André Gomes and William Carvalho after injury, and goalkeeper Eduardo.

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out the two friendlies away against Russia (14 November) and Luxembourg (17 November).

 

Portugal’s current side is packed with talent, especially in midfield, but the chronic problem of finding a reliable striker is far from being resolved.

Santos appears to be actively seeking solutions, as shown by his selection of two strikers who play in the second tier in England: Sheffield Wednesday’s Lucas João and Nottingham Forest’s Nélson Oliveira (on loan from Benfica).

Benfica forward Gonçalo Guedes can also be used as a striker, having occupied that role for the U21 side, although for his club side he plays as a winger/wide midfielder.

Santos has shown thoughout his time as Seleção coach that he is willing to give a broad range of players a chance. This squad backs up that policy, as do his explanations at today's announcement.

"Today is the first day of Euro 2016. We can take advantage of the fact we have qualified without the need for a play-off to start thinking about the Euro right now," said the veteran coach.

"I have a group of players in mind that are not limited to the 23 or 24 or even 30. There is a range of players we are observing, some of them are part of the U21 set-up but have the chance to represent Portugal at both levels."

After the upcoming friendlies Portugal will play at least two more preparation games, in the next calendar year, before the European Championship in France next summer. 

 

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dynamo Zagreb), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders: Cédric Soares (Southampton), José Fonte (Southampton), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Bruno Alves (Fernerbahçe), Luís Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Llorient), Ricardo Pereira (Nice)

Midfielders: Danilo (FC Porto), André André (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Sporting), João Mário (Sporting), André Gomes (Valencia), João Moutinho (Monaco), Bernardo Silva (Monaco)

Forwards: Gonçalo Guedes (Benfica), Nani (Fenerbahçe), Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday), Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest)

By Tom Kundert

Related: Lucas João on the mark as Carlos Carvalhal's Sheffield Wednesday stun Arsenal 

 

 

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Interesting selection of strikers but I don't believe it’s the selecao job to "build a striker". Unless Lucas Joao starts scoring in bunches or Marco Mattias, or Orlando Sa or Ricardo Vaz Te or Bebe goes back to striker I don't see any change up...

Interesting selection of strikers but I don't believe it’s the selecao job to "build a striker". Unless Lucas Joao starts scoring in bunches or Marco Mattias, or Orlando Sa or Ricardo Vaz Te or Bebe goes back to striker I don't see any change up front. I guess Fernando Santos rates the English Championship goals higher than the other leagues because Ricardo Vaz Te has 14 goals in the same period as Lucas and Nelson.

These guys can’t score against Championship level competition, they are expected then to score against national level competition? (confused)

I have nothing good to say about Nelson O, who has been handed more chances than most, combined. Plus that clown almost blew qualification because he is a dumb. I apologize to those who rate him, but if you are going to be a selfish a-hole, you BETTER put the ball away like Zlatan or Ruud Van Nistelrooy. If you don't, GTFO. Even Neymar and Suarez pass the ball around, I see it in every game so the argument "strikers have to be selfish" is tired and false. No, what strikers have to be is smart.

I would love for Fernando Santos to call around and get Andre Silva playing regular first team football with any squad in Portugal, France or Italy. He has shown both finish and intelligence. In him there is hope. Without 1st team action however....

Also force Bebe back to striker. I know I am not the only one who thinks this guys upside is huge. As a winger, he is just another speedy winger (Ivan Cavaleiro, Nani, Carlos Mane, etc). As a striker he was scoring youtube goals weekly with Pacos! He is strong, fast, has quick feet and is smart. Get this guy as a striker on a squad that plays attack minded football. Lets see what Bebe can do with regular playtime and with decent delivery. No room for Bebe on Benfica because, you know, Raul Jimenez and Mitroglou are LIGHTING IT UP! (sarcasm)

Regardless, I appreciate a coach that at least gives players a shot and this should at the very least help the 1st time call ups gain tremendous hope and confidence going forward. I have no doubt Lucas Joao is better for this opportunity. For that, thank you again Fernando Santos!

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He should look at Orlando Sa from the Championship, he's scored more than Oliveira and Lucas Joao. Although Lucas Joao's overall play has been good. Nelson has been a disapointment so far

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I am very happy to see many young guys making way for selccao.. Goncalo Guedes and Lucas Joao deserve to be there because they have great potential to lift Portugal attack.. Fernando Santos is doing right job to give chance to youngsters but I am...

I am very happy to see many young guys making way for selccao.. Goncalo Guedes and Lucas Joao deserve to be there because they have great potential to lift Portugal attack.. Fernando Santos is doing right job to give chance to youngsters but I am in doubt that he will take same old horses to France in the likes of Ricardo Carvalho, Tiago, Danny, Quaresma and Eliseu.. He will give youngsters chance to shine but in Euro 2016 final squad he will select his favourite old players instead of young Portuguese stars this is because he believes on experience instead of young talent..

In my opinion there should not be only bunch of talented young players and also there should not be only bunch of old experienced players in 23 men squad which will go to France.. I think mixture of young and experienced players will do it very fine for Portugal.. I mean to say players like Tiago, Quaresma and Ricardo Carvalho should go to France because they have wide experience but Santos please don't take Eder, Danny, Eliseu etc to France because they don't deserve to be there and also they haven't done anything for Portugal..

I am happy with selection of Lucas Joao and Goncalo Guedes.. Goncalo Guedes is next big thing for Portugal as he can also play as striker as he did on his euro u21 debut.. Lucas Joao is very skillfull player and he can dribble, create chances and also can score goals so he is ok and I thing he should prove his worth in these two games.. I am not happy with selection of Nelson Oliviera because he is scrap and don't deserve to be in Seleccao..

Ruben Neves should also go to France because he has great potential at this young age and also he can play as playmaker and as defensive midfielder.. His passing vision and accuracy is very brilliant so he should be there..

My 23 men squad for Portugal Euro 2016 will be:

Rui Patricio
Beto
Anthony Lopes
Cedric
Jose Fonte
Pepe
Bruno Alves
Ricardo Carvalho
Jose Fonte
Ricardo Pereira (Because he can play as LB, RB and as winger)
Fabio Coentrao
William Carvalho
Danilo Pereira (I will prefer him over william in starting XI)
Joao Moutinho
Tiago Mendes (Santos will must select him due to his experience)
Andre Gomes (I will prefer him over Andre Andre)
Ruben Neves (Should be there instead of Joao Mario)
Nani
Quaresma
Bernardo Silva
Goncalo Guedes (If he continue his great form)
Ronaldo
Lucas Joao (If he shows great potential in upcoming friendlies)

This is my 23 men squad for euro 2016 france.. But I think Fernando Santos will not select Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Perieira, Ruben Neves, Andre Gomes because he will select his favourite old guys like danny, vieirinha, eder, elisieu and many more old horses :-( If my 23 men squad will go to France then Portugal will have many chances to go to semi final of Euro 2016 but i won't think he will select my 23 men squad because he will prefer old guys on young talented stars..

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I love the Guedes call up. He's shown real promise and at 18 he could be a real wild card come Euro. I would rather have seen Andre Silva over my name sake Nelson Oliveira who is the person most people point to when talking about not getting...

I love the Guedes call up. He's shown real promise and at 18 he could be a real wild card come Euro. I would rather have seen Andre Silva over my name sake Nelson Oliveira who is the person most people point to when talking about not getting too excited about U20 talent until hey show the same promise at the adult level!

Finally why is Eliseu anywhere near the senior squad? He is garbage!

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I like to add a couple more names to Jalil Malik list of having done nothing or in this case very little for Portugal ! Cristiano Ronaldo , Nani. Many may disagree, but CR7 has NOT come thru for us in the important games. So , he scored seven...

I like to add a couple more names to Jalil Malik list of having done nothing or in this case very little for Portugal ! Cristiano Ronaldo , Nani. Many may disagree, but CR7 has NOT come thru for us in the important games. So , he scored seven goal once or something like that , you only get credit for one win. I love CR7 and how he played ( pass tense) for Man U and Real, but at the end of the day , the Portuguese people want to win a cup and not count how many goal CR7 scored.

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@ Ruirooster,

100% right. The all-time leading goal-scorer for the Seleccao, the guy who was unstoppable at Euro 2004, WC 2006, Euro 2012 and the guy who took Portugal on his back against Sweden to qualify for Brazil 2014.

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Good call ups. Fresh faces. This is what the coach is supposed to do. It's too far away to decide who will be going to the Euro now, so the changing up is good. I personally hope Nelson improves this season in the 2nd tier. Once he finds his feet...

Good call ups. Fresh faces. This is what the coach is supposed to do. It's too far away to decide who will be going to the Euro now, so the changing up is good. I personally hope Nelson improves this season in the 2nd tier. Once he finds his feet at a club, instead of being loaned literally 6 times in 5 seasons, he'll be the player we all want him to be.

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