Ronaldo to make Portugal return towards France, Croatia


Cristiano Ronaldo was on Thursday named within the Portugal squad to play a pleasant towards Andorra and Nations League matches towards France and Croatia.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner examined optimistic for coronavirus on October 13 when with the Portugal squad, happening to overlook the 3-0 victory over Sweden.

The 35-year-old lastly examined detrimental 19 days later, returning to the pitch with a double for Juventus towards Spezia in Serie A motion on Sunday.

The Portugal captain additionally performed in Juve’s 4-1 victory over Ferencvaros within the Champions League on Wednesday.

Reigning European champions Portugal tackle Andorra on Wednesday earlier than Nations League A3 matches at house towards France on November 14 and away to Croatia three days later.

The primary absentee from Fernando Santos’ 25-man squad is Pepe, the 37-year-old central defender is out with a foot damage.

“He is an instance for the youthful ones at coaching, together with his angle,” Santos mentioned of Pepe, who has simply signed a contract extension till 2023 with Porto.

“It is a disgrace he isn’t there as a result of usually he is a shoo-in starter.”

Lille defender Jose Fonte, who will supply cowl for the absent Pepe, and Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes are each included having recovered from Covid-19.

There are first call-ups for Wolverhampton winger Pedro Neto and Sporting Braga striker Paulinho.

Portugal are joint leaders with France of group A3, every on 10 factors.

“The objective shall be to as soon as once more qualify for the Nations League last 4 and defend the trophy we gained final 12 months,” mentioned Santos.

A secondary goal was to “additionally take a look at some gamers who’ve the standard to signify this crew”, the coach added.

Portugal squad

Goalkeepers (3): Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton/ENG), Rui Silva (Grenada/ESP)

Defenders (8): Joao Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis/ENG), Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton/ENG), Jose Fonte (Lille/FRA), Ruben Dias (Manchester Metropolis/ENG), Ruben Semedo (Olympiakos/GRE), Mario Rui (Napoli/ITA), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund/GER), Domingos Duarte (Grenada/ESP)

Midfielders (7): Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton/ENG), William Carvalho (Actual Betis/ESP), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United/ENG), Renato Sanches (Lille/FRA), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton/ENG), Sergio Oliveira(Porto)

Forwards (7): Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis/ENG), Diogo Jota (Liverpool/ENG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/ITA), Francisco Trincao (Barcelona/ESP), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton/ENG), Paulinho (SC Braga)

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