Nani, Andre Gomes Excluded As Portugal Trim Squad To 23 For Russia 2018

High profile names such as Lazio winger Nani, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes and many more have been left after Portugal manager Fernando Santos trimmed the 35-man provisional squad to a final 23-man list.

While announcing the final list on Thursday, Santos revealed that it was a hard decision to drop some 2016 European Championship winning players like Nani and Andre Gomes. In his words, he said: “It hurts not to be able to include all the players who were with us in the European Championship.”

“They have all contributed to writing a brilliant chapter in the history of Portuguese football, but I had to make choices that for me make a better puzzle.” he added.

Portugal are in Group B alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran.

Portugal Squad:

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

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)