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Portugal Announce Preliminary World Cup Squad

16 May 2018

Santos has named a preliminary squad of 35 players for the World Cup, leaving out Euro 2016 victor Renato Sanches, and is set to trim the group to a final 23 on Thursday.

Portugal stunned many when they beat France in the 2016 European Championship final - a game they went into as underdogs. The boss has now named his 35-man preliminary team ahead of the World Cup, from which 12 players will eventually be cut.

Sanches spent the season on loan at Swansea City, but failed to prevent the Welsh club being relegated from the Premier League.

In the Portugal squad, led by captain Cristiano Ronaldo, there was a place for veteran playmaker Ricardo Quaresma, after the 34-year-old enjoyed an impressive season with Besiktas.

Superstar Ronaldo is unsurprisingly the biggest name in Santos' side, while FC Barcelona's struggling Andre Gomes was also among the names.

Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is included in Fernando Santos's roster alongside Manchester City's Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva of Leicester City, and Southampton's Cedric Soares.

Portugal, who have been drawn in Group B along with European powerhouse Spain, Iran and Morocco, play their first game on June 15 when they take on their neighbours at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Portugal Announce Preliminary World Cup Squad