Cristiano Ronaldo, at Juventus Turin, after leaving the last call in the middle after testing positive for coronavirus, returned this Thursday to the Portugal national team list, which also includes João Félix (Atlético) and Trincão (Barcelona), but from which Pepe (Porto) fell due to an injury.
The Portuguese coach, Fernando Santos, revealed at a press conference the call for the friendly against Andorra and the League of Nations matches against France and Croatia, a list that includes forwards Paulinho (Sporting de Braga) and Pedro Neto for the first time (Wolverhampton).
Pepe, who has an injury to his left foot, dropped out of the squad, which also left Bruno Varela (Vitória de Guimarães), Sequeira (Sporting de Braga), Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton), Rafa Silva (Benfica) and Andre Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt).
In addition to João Félix and Trincão, from the Spanish League there are two players from Granada – goalkeeper Rui Silva and defender Domingos Duarte – and midfielder William Carvalho, from Betis.
Portugal plays a friendly against Andorra on the 11th at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, where it will later host the French team on the 14th in a qualifying match for the League of Nations.
The “quinas” will finish the road to said competition in Croatia, on the 17th.
Portugal leads group 3 with 10 points, the same as France, so the duel between the two teams in Lisbon could be decisive.
List of called:
goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton) and Rui Silva (Granada).
Defenses: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Domingos Duarte (Granada), José Fonte (Lille), Rúben Semedo (Olympiacos), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Mário Rui (Naples) and Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) ).
Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Porto), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton), William Carvalho (Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Lille), João Moutinho (Wolverhampton) and Sérgio Oliveira (Porto).
Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Trincão (FC Barcelona), Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), João Félix (Atlético de Madrid) and Paulinho (Braga).). EFE. (JL).