Portuguese football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in the country’s national squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against Spain and the Czech Republic. The coach of Portugal, Fernando Santos, announced that he has no worries about the little playing time he registered in his club team, Manchester United.
No one here has any doubts how important he continues to be for the national team and how important it is to continue playing for the country, said the experienced coach.
Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes are also included in the 26-man squad, along with defenders Joao Cancelo, Pepe and new signing Thiago Gialo.
Due to injuries, Otavio and Renato Sanchez were not called up. Coach Santos also lost Andre Silva, Gonzalo Guedes and Joao Moutinho for his own reasons. Moutinho is currently Portugal’s second-most capped player behind Ronaldo.
Portugal will play the Czech Republic on September 24 as an away team and host Spain three days later. Portugal, champions from the first edition of the tournament, are one point behind Spain in Group 2 of League A. Three points behind the sailors is the Czech Republic.
Earlier today, the Portuguese Football Federation announced the new team kits that will be worn for the Qatar World Cup matches. The jerseys are inspired by the country’s green and red flag, with the diagonal on either side across the chest.