LISBON • Fernando Santos will delight a memories of Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, a country’s initial vital trophy, though view did not stop him from wielding a mattock in fixing his final 23 for a World Cup Finals.
Nearly half of Portugal’s winning 2016 patrol will skip a outing to Russia after a inhabitant manager done what he termed as “extremely formidable decisions”.
“It was intensely formidable to select a 23 (players). As a professional, we have to make decisions and we know that I’m not going to greatfully everyone,” Santos told a news discussion on Thursday.
“But on a personal side, it hurts me to leave out players who took partial in a (2016) European championship, and others who took partial in a qualifiers and helped a group get this far.
“It was, of course, formidable to leave out Eder, Nani and others who wrote a many shining page in a story of Portuguese football. But we have to collect a ones who best finish a jigsaw.
“I can’t contend either this patrol is stronger than a one that played during a Euros. But we have comprehensive certainty in this patrol usually as we did in a other one.”
It was intensely formidable to select a 23… we know that I’m not going to greatfully everyone.
FERNANDO SANTOS, Portugal coach, on how he had no choice though to mattock certain players to finalise a 23-man squad.
Forwards Eder, who scored a winning idea in a Euro 2016 final opposite France, and Nani, Portugal’s third most-capped actor with 112 appearances, were among 10 players from that group wanting from Santos’ list.
Eder had been out of form for his bar side Lokomotiv Moscow, scoring usually 4 goals in a Russian Premier League this season, while Nani played usually 24 matches all tenure with Italian Serie A side Lazio.
Other warn absentees enclosed midfielders Andre Gomes, Danilo Pereira and Renato Sanches, and defender Eliseu.
Santos instead opted for a relations youthfulness of Andre Silva, 22, and Goncalo Guedes, 21, to play alongside star male Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, while 21-year-old Benfica defender Ruben Dias also perceived his initial call-up.
Midfielders Ruben Neves and Rony Lopes were, however, hapless not to have been comparison after breakthrough seasons for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Monaco respectively.
Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time heading scorer and most-capped actor with 81 goals in 149 appearances, headed a list for a European champions, who face 2010 champions Spain, Morocco and Iran in a wily Group B.
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio, defenders Pepe and Bruno Alves, midfielders William Carvalho and Joao Moutinho, and brazen Ricardo Quaresma were among a other stalwarts to be selected.
Before a Finals commence, Portugal will play friendlies opposite Tunisia, Belgium and Algeria.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS