The 26-man squad with which Portugal want to become world champions in Qatar + Cristiano Ronaldo’s immediate reaction

Article by GSP – Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2022 9:37 PM / Updated on Thursday, November 10, 2022 9:44 PM

Fernando Santos (68), Portugal coach, has announced the squad for the World Championship in Qatar. Portugal are in Group H alongside Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.

The squad of the 2016 European champion includes 3 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 9 midfielders and 6 forwards. The most notable absence is that of Liverpool striker Diogo Jota, who is sidelined through injury.

“We have a team capable of winning the trophy, this group can do it. The players are hungry for success and will give everything to make Portugal world champions. The list is based on the qualities and potential of the players, which each of them can bring to the system,” explained coach Fernando Santos at a press conference.

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What Portugal’s squad looks like for the World Cup in Qatar

After the squad announcement, star Cristiano Ronaldo reacted: “Once again we are ready to live up to the name of Portugal! There are 26 names on Mr. Fernando Santos’ list, but we’re all in! Come on, Portugal”.

The 26 names on the list:

  • carry: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Jose Sa (Wolves), Rui Patricio (AS Roma)
  • defense: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (PSG), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia) Dortmund)
  • midfielders: Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolves), Vitinha (PSG), William Carvalho (Real Betis) , Otavio (FC Porto)
  • FORWARDERSCristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (Braga), Goncalo Ramos (Benfica), Andre Silva (RB Leipzig)

Benfica goalkeeper Antonio Silva, only 19, is among those called up. There is no match for the first Portuguese national team!

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