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Portugal Name Ronaldo, Nani, Man City’s Silva In Prelim Squad for W/Cup; Sanches out!

Portugal Name Ronaldo, Nani, Man City’s Silva In Prelim Squad for W/Cup; Sanches out!

Portugal’s head coach, Fernando Santos has named Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Ricardo Quaresma in his preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Santos also included in his provisional World Cup squad, England based stars; Southampton defender Cedric, Leicester’s Adrien Silva and Joao Mario of West Ham.

Also listed in the squad are Ruben Neves from newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers; Barcelona’s midfielder Andre Gomes and  Goncalo Guedes who played on loan at Spanish club Valencia CF from PSG.

Swansea midfielder Renato Sanches was left out.

2016 European Champions, Portugal will face Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Portugal’s full 35-man preliminary squad:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting CP)

Defenders: Antunes (Getafe), Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Joao Cancelo (Inter Milan), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Luis Neto (Fenerbahce SK), Mario Rui (Napoli), Nelson Semedo (FC Barcelona), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Rolando (Marseille), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester City), Andre Gomes (FC Barcelona), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Joao Mario (West Ham United, on loan from Inter Milan), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Sporting CP)

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gelson Martins (Sporting CP), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain), Nani (Lazio, on loan from Valencia), Paulinho (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Rony Lopes (Monaco).

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