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22/05/18

The Seleção had their first training session together at the FPF’s Cidade do Futebol (Football City) in Jamor (National Stadium), on the outskirts of Lisbon. Only 14 of the squad were available; missing were the four Sporting players that took part in the Taça de Portugal final on Sunday (Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins), plus Cristiano Ronaldo (Champions League final on Saturday), as well as Mário Rui, André Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and João Moutinho

 

17/05/18

Coach Fernando Santos announced his final 23-man squad for Russia.

Keepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cédric Soares (Southampton), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mário Rui (Nápoles), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Rúben Dias (Benfica), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto/Leicester)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), João Mário (West Ham), João Moutinho (Mónaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscovo), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: André Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gélson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valência), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

Out of the 35-man preliminary squad drop: Antunes (Getafe), João Cancelo (Inter), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), Rolando (Marseilles), André Gomes (Barcelona), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto), Éder (Lokomotiv), Nani (Lázio), Paulinho (SC Braga), Rony Lopes (AS Mónaco)

 

14/05/18

Coach Fernando Santos announced his preliminary 35-man squad for Russia:

Keepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe)

Defenders: Antunes (Getafe), Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cédric Soares (Southampton), João Cancelo (Inter), José Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe), Mário Rui (Napoli), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto), Rolando (Marseilles), Rúben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), André Gomes (Barcelona), Bruno Fernandes & William Carvalho (Sporting), João Mário (West Ham), João Moutinho (AS Mónaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto)

Forwards: André Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lokomotiv), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Gonçalo Guedes (Valência), Nani (Lázio), Paulinho (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Rony Lopes (AS Mónaco)

Out are revelation at Euro 2016 Renato Sanches, who has had a poor season at Swansea; Sporting full back Fábio Coentrão, who renounced the Seleção on 13 May, citing fatigue; and FC Porto midfielder Danilo, injured.

Included are Euro 2016 hero Éder; Benfica’s only representative, central defender Rúben Dias; midfielder Rúben Neves, formerly of FC Porto, now Wolves, promoted to the Premier League this season; and forward Nani, who some thought might be on his way out.

He may well still be; Fernando Santos will cut 12 players from the list on 17 May to end up with the statutory 23.

 

 

 

 

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