European Champions José Fonte, Raphaël Guerreiro, João Mário and André Gomes have all been recalled to the Portugal squad for the Nations League double-header against Italy (away) and Poland (home).

None of the four players have featured in a series of promising Portugal performances since the World Cup but they have earned a recall thanks to good form shown in recent weeks for their club sides. As previously announced, captain Cristiano Ronaldo remains out of the Seleção picture until 2019.

Portugal currently sit top of League A Group 3 of the new UEFA competition, requiring only to avoid defeat in Italy to clinch top spot and qualification for the final four next June. Should the Seleção lose in Milan, they will likely have to beat Poland in Guimarães three days later to finish as winners of the section.

“Although we have two games to qualify, we want to finish the job in Italy,” said coach Fernando Santos. “We don’t want to make the Poland game a decisive match. We will be going for the win in Italy. If we play to draw we will be running a big risk.”

Portugal outplayed Italy in a 1-0 victory in Lisbon in September, but Santos warned that that game will have little bearing on the next meeting between the two nations. “Italy are clearly improving, played a great game against Poland in their last match and are very different from the side we faced here, with only two of the same players selected. They are one of the world’s top teams. Despite missing out on the World Cup, Italy are always favourites when they play at home.”

The match at the San Siro takes place on 17 November, with the Poland game three days later in Guimarães.

 

Full Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Beto (Göztepe), Cláudio Ramos (Tondela), Rui Patrício (Wolves)

Defenders: Cédric (Southampton), João Cancelo (Juventus), José Fonte (Lille), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Pepe (Besiktas), Rúben Dias (Benfica), Mário Rui (Napoli), Raphaël Guerreiro (Dortmund)

Midfielders: André Gomes (Everton), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Danilo (Porto), João Mário (Inter Milan), Pizzi (Benfica), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Rúben Neves (Wolves), William Carvalho (Betis), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Forwards: Bruma (Leipzig), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica), André Silva (Sevilla), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow)

By Tom Kundert

 

 

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Hey Tom, it's Andre Silva (Sevilla)

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Oops. Thanks Sammy. Corrected now.

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Fernando santos calls up Joao Mario and Andre Gomes just because they had one good game.. doesnt take much to impress the boss.

I understand Santos wants experience at the back but I thought we were clear of Fonte? Why not Daniel Carrico and...

Fernando santos calls up Joao Mario and Andre Gomes just because they had one good game.. doesnt take much to impress the boss.

I understand Santos wants experience at the back but I thought we were clear of Fonte? Why not Daniel Carrico and Pedro Mendes or Daniel Carrico instead of Luis Neto?

Leave Eder at home, hes afraid of his own position as a striker.

Cedric is good defensive opposite to Joao Cancelo but still would of prefered Nelson Semedo.

anyways lets win both matches and continue our run.

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João Mário had 2 good games and André Gomes had 3 good games, so I don't think it was that bad, they are still good players. I agree with you on Nelson Semedo and on Fonte.

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How come Anthony Lopes never gets called anymore? Will Quaresma and Moutinho ever be back?

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Ricardo horta?? I would send guedes to u21 team and have horta in his spot. Does anyone know if Dyego Sousa has his citizenship?

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Some Portuguese player who starts for Juventus scored a class goal in the Champions League this week..maybe Santos should call him up.

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I was thinking the same thing

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Is Santos serious with Fonte? This is going backwards when we should be looking towards the future. Pedro Mendes should have been given an actual chance to show what he can do. Daniel Carriço is back to his best and should be another option.

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Is Santos serious with Fonte? This is going backwards when we should be looking towards the future. Pedro Mendes should have been given an actual chance to show what he can do. Daniel Carriço is back to his best and should be another option.

Joao Mário and André Gomes have played 2 games and they immediately get called up but Ricardo Horta who has been playing amazingly for almost two seasons now doesn’t even get a sniff at the National team. Being the coach’s favorites has its benefits.

I will forever be grateful to Eder but what is he doing here? He’s been his usual horrible self at Lokomotiv. What not try Wilson Eduardo?

Where is Anthony Lopes? He and Santos have a falling out?

I’m glad Gedson Fernandes is with the u21 as they need him more.

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Isn't Lopes out with injury?

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Definitely agree with those who think Neto and Fonte should not have been called up. I get that Lille are doing very well this season in Ligue 1, and are level on points with Pedro Mendes’ Montpellier, who find themselves in second place on goal...

Definitely agree with those who think Neto and Fonte should not have been called up. I get that Lille are doing very well this season in Ligue 1, and are level on points with Pedro Mendes’ Montpellier, who find themselves in second place on goal difference, but I simply don’t see how Pedro Mendes can be overlooked anymore when you consider he’s a regular starter on a squad that has the best defensive record in the league currently (only seven goals conceded, tied with PSG).

After the WC it was obvious Portugal needed a refresh and to integrate more youthful players particularly in defence. Mendes is six years younger than Fonte and has had two great seasons now whereas Fonte muddled his way through a short stint in China that included severe hammerings in some matches. Mendes deserves another shot without a doubt. Luis Neto should not be near this team.

In midfield, I actually like that André Gomes was called up. It’s a small sample size sure but he’s looked great since coming back with Everton and seems reborn under Marco Silva. I personally really like the look of our midfield. Moutinho is a big omission for me but we have more than enough quality to overcome his absence.

I also think Horta deserves a shot but that being said, we have plenty of quality so his absence is not worrying to me. And for all his faults Eder has proven he has the ability to score in important matches for club and country. I see no issues with him being relied on as an impact sub for example.

All in all it’s still a very solid looking side.

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