Cristiano Ronaldo heads attack in defending champions Portugal’s Euro 2020 squad… with Premier League stars Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias and Diogo Jota all included in Fernando Santos’s 26-man squad
- Cristiano Ronaldo will compete in his fifth straight Euros for Portugal
- The Juventus star is six goals away from equalling the international goals record
- Bruno Fernandes and Man City duo Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias join him
- Joao Felix and Diogo Jota will complete the defending champions’ frontline
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads a formidable front line for defending European champions Portugal as coach Fernando Santos unveiled his Euro 2020 squad on Thursday.
Ronaldo, who added the Italian Cup to his collection this week and has scored over 100 goals for Juventus, will be playing in his fifth straight European Championship.
The 36-year-old is six goals away from equalling the men’s international record for goals scored, with former Iran striker Ali Daei scoring 109 as the only other player to pass the century mark in men’s international football.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads a formidable front line for defending European champions Portugal at Euro 2020
He is joined by Manchester City’s Ruben Dias (R) and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (L)
Portugal are defending champions having beaten France in the final in Paris in 2016
Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo is joined by Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.
Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, who can win the Spanish league title this week, and Liverpool striker Diogo Jota complete their frontline for the tournament starting on June 11.
Joining them will be Andre Silva, who has scored more goals in a Bundesliga season than any other Eintracht Frankfurt player, while 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon forward Pedro Goncalves, who has never played for the national team, has also been included.
Diogo Jota and Joao Felix will complete Portugal’s frontline for the tournament starting in June
Santos said: ‘I have great confidence in my players and I have the conviction that Portugal is a title candidate.
Santos’ list of defenders makes for equally impressive reading as Portugal want to put up a strong defence of their title.
Ruben Dias was arguably Manchester City’s most inspirational player in their dominant run to the Premier League title while club team mate Joao Cancelo has had his best ever campaign at fullback and complements leftback Raphael Guerreiro perfectly.
Portugal are in Group F along with world champions France, Germany and Hungary. They will play their last warm-up games against Spain on June 4 and Israel on June 9.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos insists his side can repeat their feat of five years ago
FULL PORTUGAL EURO 2020 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Rui Patricio (Wolves), Rui Silva (Granada)
Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Nelson Semedo (Wolves), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Paris St Germain), Joao Palhinha (Sporting), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Moutinho (Wolves), Renato Sanches (Lille), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)
Forwards: Pedro Goncalves (Sporting), Andre Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica)
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