Renato Sanches off Portugal's preliminary World Cup squad

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

Forwards Eder and Nani were surprise absentees from Portugal's World Cup squad with national team coach Fernando Santos opting instead for the youth of Andre Silva and Goncalo Guedes to play alongside superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the 2016 UEFA European Championship winners' selection, and will be participating in his ninth successive major tournament.

Barcelona's Andre Gomes, Ricardo Carvalho and Eder, who scored the title-winning goal against against France will not be at Russian Federation. A total of 10 players from that winning squad have found themselves omitted.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's all-time leading scorer and most-capped player, headed the list for the European champions, who face Spain, Morocco and Iran in a tricky first round group.

He was loaned by Bayern Munich to Swansea this season and made only 12 English Premier League appearances.


Midfield: Adrien Silva (Leicester, England), Bruno Fernandes, William Carvalho (both sporting Lisbon), joão mário (West ham, London, England), Joao Moutinho (Monaco, France), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv, Moscow, Russia).

"It was extremely hard to choose the 23".

"They have all contributed to writing a brilliant chapter in the history of Portuguese football, but I had to make choices that for me make a better puzzle".

"From a human perspective, it's very hard to discard players who were with us at Euro 2016", admitted 63-year-old coach Santos.

"But, on the personal side, it hurts me to leave out players who took part in the European championship, and others who took part in the qualifiers and helped the team get this far". "I have absolute confidence in this squad, as I had in the other".

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