Ronaldo highlights talented Portugal squad for Euro 2020
Lisbon, May 21 (AP/PTI): Cristiano Ronaldo will lead a talented Portugal squad that will try to defend its European Championship title.
Coach Fernando Santos on Thursday announced his list of 26 players for next month’s tournament, when Ronaldo will be supported by the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Jo o F lix.
Also included in the Euro 2020 squad was 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon forward Pedro Gon alves, who has never played for the national team. Gon alves was key this season in helping Sporting win its first Portuguese league title since 2002.
Back in the squad were Nuno Mendes and Jo o Palhinha, who made their debut with the national team in March.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth straight European Championship. He is six goals from tying the all-time scoring record for a men’s national team. The record of 109 goals is held by former Iran striker Ali Daei, the only other male soccer player to surpass the 100-goal milestone.
Portugal will play in a difficult Group F that also includes Germany, France and Hungary. Both Germany and Hungary will have home games against Portugal in the group stage.
“I have great confidence in my players and I have the conviction that Portugal is a title candidate,” Santos said.
Portugal’s preparations will begin on May 27.
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patr cio (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rui Silva (Granada).
Defenders: Jo o Cancelo (Manchester City), N lson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jos Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), R ben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting Lisbon), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).
Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain), Jo o Palhinha (Sporting Lisbon), R ben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Jo o Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Renato Sanches (Lille), S rgio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis).
Forwards: Pedro Gon alves (Sporting Lisbon), Andr Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gon alo Guedes (Valencia), Jo o F lix (Atl tico Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica).