Fernando Santos tonight announced the 23 players who will represent Portugal this summer at Euro 2016.

The headline grabber is Renato Sanches, who crowns his incredible season with a call-up to the tournament in France, but there were no real surprises in the final list.

On the downside, attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva misses out after getting injured in training last week.

Also deprived of the possibility of selecting Fábio Coentrão, Danny and Tiago because of fitness issues, Santos will be hoping several of his players who still have one match to play in 2015/16 come through their final game unscathed.

On Thursday Bruno Alves and Nani play the Turkish Cup final, and on Friday night Eliseu and Renato Sanches play the final of the Portuguese Taça da Liga (league cup), while on Sunday FC Porto’s Danilo and Braga’s Rafa Silva come face to face in the Portuguese Cup final.

Then one week later, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe will be in action in the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on 28 May in Milan.

Santos says he is confident Ronaldo will not be affected by his recent fitness issues, and that the captain "will be mentally and physically at his best as he is full of ambition in relation to this tournament."

The experienced coach also confirmed Portugal will not play with a fixed No9, hinting that he will give preference to a 4-4-2 system although not discarding the traditional 4-3-3.

Santos reiterated his belief that the Seleção can go all the way in France: "I believe Portugal can get to the Euro 2012 final and win it, and so do the players."

 

Curiosities:

  • There are 12 new players in the squad in relation to Portugal's 2014 World Cup squad
  • Only 8 players in the squad play their football in Portugal (7 from next season as Renato Sanches will be a Bayern Munich player)
  • 10 players will be representing Portugal at a senior international tournament for the first time
  • At 18 years old Renato Sanches becomes the youngest ever player to represent Portugal at a Euro or World Cup

 

Portugal’s Euro 2016 squad

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

Defenders: Cédric Soares (Southampton), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), José Fonte (Southampton), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Rafael Guerreiro (Lorient), Eliseu (Benfica)

Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting), Danilo (FC Porto), André Gomes (Valencia), Adrien Silva (Sporting), João Mário (Sporting), João Moutinho (Monaco), Renato Sanches (Benfica)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Nani (Fenerbahce), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Rafa Silva (Braga), Éder (Lille)

by Tom Kundert

 

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Don't expect this team to go far. Bruno Alves, Eder, Nani, R. Carvalho, Quaresma...I have no idea what the point of having these guys anywhere near the team is. They add absolutely nothing, all are past their underwhelming (save Carvalho) primes,...

Don't expect this team to go far. Bruno Alves, Eder, Nani, R. Carvalho, Quaresma...I have no idea what the point of having these guys anywhere near the team is. They add absolutely nothing, all are past their underwhelming (save Carvalho) primes, all are using up a spot a youngster could use.

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Poor Tiago. He was an integral part of the success in our qualifying campaign. I know many will disagree with me but I think he should be there instead of Renato Sanches, who should be in the Olympics. Tiago brings the kind of veteran leadership...

Poor Tiago. He was an integral part of the success in our qualifying campaign. I know many will disagree with me but I think he should be there instead of Renato Sanches, who should be in the Olympics. Tiago brings the kind of veteran leadership we need on this team Sanches did not contribute to the qualifying at all and I'll be surprised if he even sees the pitch in France. Danilo is the first choice backed by William Carvalho. Bernardo Silva will be missed. Eder should not be there. I don't care if there's no other options. His clumsy ball control and poor finishing will bring down team morale. Expecting a good tournament from Portugal this year, but not good enough to go all the way IMO. Semi finals would be nice However mark my words. When we are eliminated, it will be because of guys like Bruno Alves and Vieirinha.

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Thank God Danny was injured, i could see him and Tiago stealing more time from youngsters...Eder, Bruno Alves are also a waste of space...I think pepe, ricky c, moutinho, Nani, ronaldo are all the vets you need....hope we still go far with that...

Thank God Danny was injured, i could see him and Tiago stealing more time from youngsters...Eder, Bruno Alves are also a waste of space...I think pepe, ricky c, moutinho, Nani, ronaldo are all the vets you need....hope we still go far with that stellar defence, old D, and decent forwards....please play 4-4-2 - there are are need to have Eder playing... Ronaldo, Rafa, Nani up front

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This is my Starting XI

GK - Patricio
D- Vieirinha, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro
DM - William
M - Joao Mario and someone else not Sanches. There is an argument to be made for Moutinho, Gomes, and Adrien
A - Ronaldo, Nani, Eder/Rafa

I don't expect that...

This is my Starting XI

GK - Patricio
D- Vieirinha, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro
DM - William
M - Joao Mario and someone else not Sanches. There is an argument to be made for Moutinho, Gomes, and Adrien
A - Ronaldo, Nani, Eder/Rafa

I don't expect that to be the starting defense. I expect Santos to start Ricardo Carvalho with Pepe and use Eliseu on the left.

I think that Danilo is the better of the 2 holding midfielders but how do you not start William when Joao Mario is your star midfielder and the two of them have experience playing together. I am really tempted to use Adrien in midfield for this exact reason. Familiarity could be a big reason for success. Look at the last time the back bone of our team all played together in Porto in 2004.

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Not many surprises at all in the squad. Some might say Renato was a surprise, but I don't think so. Which Portuguese CM had a better season than him? Too young? If you're not too young to play (and excel) in the Champions League quarter finals...

Not many surprises at all in the squad. Some might say Renato was a surprise, but I don't think so. Which Portuguese CM had a better season than him? Too young? If you're not too young to play (and excel) in the Champions League quarter finals against an opponent like Bayern, then you're certainly not too young to at least make the squad for the European championships. I'm thrilled he has been selected, and I think that his combative and dynamic style of play is unique and could be very useful to the squad. Most of the other places are as expected. Personally I would have preferred Tiago to Adrien Silva (although i accept Tiago's recovery has probably come just too late), Carrico (or Neto) to Bruno Alves, and Hugo Vieira (or even Helder Postiga) to Eder.

There's a lot of talent in this squad and it will be one of the strongest squads in France. Nevertheless, I seriously doubt there are enough goals in this squad to actually go all the way and win it. Bernardo's injury is a blow because he was the obvious player to play the false 9 system, which has been looking like our best bet for success. I've said enough about Eder already and won't repeat myself, suffice to say the fact that he's the only CF in the squad speaks volumes about our limited options for that position. The only way I can see us actually winning this tournament is if CR7 is super inspired and somehow finally brings his prolific Madrid form to the Selecao. Don't bank on it though! I honestly think the next World Cup in 2 years time is a more realistic prospect for us to win. Hopefully by then we will have finally found a quality number 9, these talented youngsters (i.e Renato, Joao Mario, Bernardo, Andre Gomes) will be more experienced, and most of the best senior players (i.e CR7, Pepe, Coentrao, Moutinho) should still be available. Hopefully we just go as far as possible in these Euros and entertain along the way.

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Expected Squad. Tempered Expectations.
Happy to see Renato, Mario and Rafa make it.
Sad to see Bernardo out(injury) and Eder, Alves and Eliseu in.

With these players we must play a 4-4-2. Eder must never see the pitch.

Starting XI:
GK:...

Expected Squad. Tempered Expectations.
Happy to see Renato, Mario and Rafa make it.
Sad to see Bernardo out(injury) and Eder, Alves and Eliseu in.

With these players we must play a 4-4-2. Eder must never see the pitch.

Starting XI:
GK: Patricio
Def: Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro
DM: Danilo
Mid: Mario, Moutinho, Gomes
Fwd: Nani, Ronaldo

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The following team is capable of winning Euro 2016:

Rui Patricio

Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro

Danilo

Rafa, Adrien Silva Joao Mario

Nani, Ronaldo

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After announcing his 23-man squad, Fernando Santos confirmed that he does intend to utilize a narrow 4-4-2 without a proper #9. Therefore, I expect Ronaldo to partner Nani up front in a mobile front two.

Joao Mario is almost certain to start as...

After announcing his 23-man squad, Fernando Santos confirmed that he does intend to utilize a narrow 4-4-2 without a proper #9. Therefore, I expect Ronaldo to partner Nani up front in a mobile front two.

Joao Mario is almost certain to start as one of the two false wingers (a role in which he has really thrived this season). The other wide midfielder will either be Andre Gomes or Rafa Silva. Gomes will probably start against stronger opposition when we need some extra muscle in midfield, whereas Rafa will likely feature against defense-minded opposition. Rafa could also prove to be quite effective in Nani's position alongside Ronaldo.

Joao Moutinho, barring injury, will definitely start in his preferred #8 role with Adrien and Renato serving as back-ups. His alternatives have been in much better form this season, but the former Porto man tends to bring his A game when representing the Seleccao. Danilo was brilliant for both club and country this season, so I would be shocked if he isn't our starting #6 in France. William's form has greatly improved over the past couple of months, but I still don't think he's done enough to earn a spot in the starting 11.

Our defense leaves us with more questions than answers. The only certainty is Pepe. The other three spots are still up for grabs. Something tells me that Santos is going to for experience (Ricardo Carvalho, Eliseu, and Vieirinha) but I would prefer to see Fonte (one of the best center-backs in the Premier League), Raphael Guerreiro, and Cedric.

A lot of people have been criticizing Santos' decision to bring Renato Sanches over the likes of Tiago, Andre Andre, Pizzi, etc, but I completely agree with him. I've watched each and every one of Renato's performances this season, so I know that he is still very, very raw and unpolished, but his unique skill set could definitely come in handy off the bench. The likes of Moutinho, Joao Mario, Andre Gomes, and Adrien are all neat and tidy, technically gifted players, yet none of them possess what Renato has in abundance: intensity. Renato Sanches may occasionally lack discipline and his passing can be erratic at times, but no one can deny his ability to completely dominate a game with his pace, power, and superhuman stamina. While he probably won't feature in the starting 11, I believe he will prove to be the perfect super-sub.

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No real surprise...with the sections.
Yes....Renato has had a good year and possibly does deserve a call up.... a bit too young?? Well, maybe......I remember Ronaldo at Euro 2004 as an 18 old. He is the current rage... just hope if does get his...

No real surprise...with the sections.
Yes....Renato has had a good year and possibly does deserve a call up.... a bit too young?? Well, maybe......I remember Ronaldo at Euro 2004 as an 18 old. He is the current rage... just hope if does get his chance he can shine.
Personally I would like to see a little more youth....but then again...that's what the Olympics is there for and a chance of Portugal actually winning a tournament so to speak.
The Euros....will obviously be tougher so having some seasoned players in the squad is important.
No doubt the likes of - Coentrao - Inj, Tiago (just come back from Injury), Danny - Inj, Bernardo Silva (inj) would have made the squad. I believe a younger Centre Defender in the likes of Paulo Oliveira would be good for experience (I believe he is inj as well).
We all know that Portugal lacks a CF...and therefore roving forward line might be the way to go.
With regards to the current squad - Future players to build up the core for the next big Tournament
Defenders -
Cédric Soares
Rafael Guerreiro

Midfielders -
William Carvalho
Danilo
André Gomes
João Mário
Renato Sanches

Fwds -
Rafa Silva

With the likes of others who will probably feature in the Olympics will give Portugal the backbone for quality side for many more years.

Obviously veteran players such as Bruno alves, ricardo Carvalho, Eliseu, Veirinha, Ricardo Quaresma, Tiago, Danny, Eder - This will be their last tournament.

Still to be around - Ronaldo, Coentrao, Pepe, Moutinho and maybe Fonte / Nani

My starting eleven,

Patricio
Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro
Danilo
Moutinho Andre Gomes

Joao Mario Nani Ronaldo

With Joao Mario......floating as a false 9
I would like to see Rafa given a wide role late in the game to run at defences

At least this time we don't have players going to a tournament unfit......like Bento did in Brazil........we have backups in each position

Good Luck Portugal.......play smart, keep our heads, be patient and let the talent shine.

FORCA

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Patricio
Vieirinha , Pepe, Carvalho, guerreiro
Danilo
Joao Mario, Renato , Moutinho
CR , Nani

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