FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal name 23-man squad with Euro winning stars left out.

European champions Portugal have announced their 23 man squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The team led by Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo have a lot of firepower despite excluding players who won the European Championship.

The Portuguese gaffer, Fernando Santos have excluded some of the big names like Renato Sanchez, Nani, and Ruben Neves. More than half of the players who helped Portugal win its first ever European Championship. Lokomotiv Moskov striker, Eder, who scored the winning goal for Portugal in the European Championship finals has been omitted by Fernando Santos.

Portugal will take on Spain, Morroco, and Iran in the group stages. Portugal all-time leading goal scorer and the most capped player will have a huge task, this potential can be his last attempt to win the World Cup.

Santos has included an uncapped player in the World Cup squad. Ruben Dias of Benfica has been rewarded for his fantastic season. Mario Rui and Bruno Fernandes are few more names who have made it to the world cup despite lack of international experience. Portugal has never won the FIFA World Cup and this could the team golden chance to repeat their Euro Championship heroics. The squad has high regards for long-serving players like Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo, they would love to bid adieu to these legends with a world cup trophy.

Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Joao Mario (West Ham United), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: Andre Silva (Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)


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