Bruno Varela Recieves Call

The main surprise in Rui Jorge’s latest U-21 squad is the inclusion of 17 year-old Benfica goalkeeper Bruno Varela. The keeper has been playing with the club’s youth team for this season, but was surprisingly on the bench for one of Benfica’s league matches earlier in the season. While it seems unlikely that he will see any playing time for the Portugal U-21 team, it is still a remarkable feat at the age of 17. Here’s the full list:

Goalkeeper: Bruno Varela (Benfica), Cristiano Figueiredo (Valencia), Mika (Benfica)

Defenders: Cédric (Academic), Joao Pereira (Trofense), Mário Rui (AS Gubbio), Nuno Reis (Cercle Brugge), Pedro Mendes (Real Madrid), Reuben (Maritimo), Vítor Bastos (Atletico)

Midfielders: Ludovic (Feirense), André Almeida (UD Leiria), André Martins (Sporting), Diogo Amado (Estoril), Josue (Pacos Ferreira), Pele (AC Milan), Sana (Valladolid)

Forwards: Abel Camara (Belenenses), Diogo Viana (Penafiel), Nelson Oliveira (Benfica), Rui Fonte (Spanish), Salvador Agra (Olhanense), Wilson Eduardo (Olhanense)

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