Paulo Bento has released a list of 23 for Portugal’s upcoming games against Iceland and Denmark. This is Bento’s first set of call-ups since taking over the role of Portugal National Team Head Coach. Some notable inclusions are Joao Pereira (who has been impressing for Sporting Lisbon lately), Paulo Machado (who has made a name for himself this season for Toulouse), and Carlos Martins (who many feel should be a regular for the National side). One more notable inclusion is Helder Postiga, who has been revitalized under new Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Sergio (as evidence with the goal he scored yesterday). Here’s the full list:
Goalkeepers: Beto, Rui Patricio, Eduardo
Defenders: Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Joao Pereira, Ricardo Carvalho, Silvio, Rolando;
Midfielders: Carlos Martins, João Moutinho, Pepe, Miguel Veloso, Paulo Machado, Raul Meireles, Tiago;
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Helder Postiga, Hugo Almeida, Liedson, Nani, and Varela.
Probable Starting lineup:
Subs: Rui Patricio, Danny, Helder Postiga, Varela, Pepe, Rolando, Joao Pereira