The team led by Fernando Santos shares Group H with Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea
Fernando Santos gave the list of Portugal (Reuters )
This Thursday Fernando Santos sat down at a press conference and pronounced the 26 surnames that will accompany him to Qatar to compete in the World Cup . In this way, the selection of Portugal she became the 15th to publish her payroll, despite the fact that the deadline is Sunday. As expected, figures such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Félix are part of the team.
“We got into the individual issues. There are always names that do not coincide in the opinion of the people. We have to call 26 and that is the plan”, the Portuguese coach told the press. “I am not going to go into details, I do not have an alternative plan, but the base. It depends on each moment of the game and training. What matters is the dynamics of the game. We have to know how to empower the players in the best way”, he added after giving the final list.
In addition, Santos was enthusiastic after the level he showed in the last few games: “I think it is possible to be world champions. The players too”.But for that, they must first overcome a complicated first phase since they share a group with no less than Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea.
Cristiano Ronaldo will play his fifth World Cup and will match the line of the Mexicans Antonio Carabajal and Rafa Márquez, the German Lothar Matthaus and the Italian Gianluigi Buffon. Lionel Messi will surely also be added to that list, when Argentina announces its roster for Qatar 2022.
In this way, Portugal joined Poland, Germany, Belgium and England as those who announced their respective lists for the great contest on Thursday. There are still 17 teams left to confirm their rosters, most of them from Africa and America.
Cristiano Ronaldo going for his fifth World Cup (Reuters)
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Archers: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), José Sá (Wolverhampton) and Rui Patrício (Roma);
Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), João Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (PSG), Pepe (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), António Silva (Benfica), Nuno Mendes (PSG) and Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund);
< p class="paragraph">Midfielders: João Palhinha (Fulham), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mário (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton), Otávio Monteiro (FC Porto), Vitinha (PSG) and William Carvalho (Betis);
Forwards: André Silva (RB Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafael Leão (Milan) and Ricardo Horta (SC Braga).