Hélio Sousa Announces U-20 World Cup Squad

Rony Lopes in action last summer for the Portugal U-19s

Rony Lopes in action last summer for the Portugal U-19s. Lopes is possibly the most well-known name to be included in Sousa’s team.

Portugal U-20 head coach Hélio Sousa announced today Portugal’s 21-man squad for the U-20 World Cup, which begins later this month. The team is largely comprised of players who featured for the Portugal U-19 at last summer’s U-19 European Championship.

Arguably the two biggest names in the team are Lille’s Rony Lopes and Benfica’s Gonçalo  Guedes. Rony Lopes was predicted to be included in the Portugal U-21 team later in the summer for their U-21 European Championship, but he will feature this summer for the U-20s, most likely for continuity. Lopes has played with some combination of these players for most of his Portugal youth career. Gonçalo Guedes is one of Portugal’s finest prospects at the moment. Only 18 years old, Guedes appeared 31 times for Benfica’s B team this season, where he scored eight times. On top of that, Guedes made five substitute appearances for Benfica’s first team this season. Much is expected of both Lopes and Guedes, but the truth of the matter is that Portugal has a very talented squad that has the potential to progress far in this summer’s tournament.

Here’s the full list:

Goalkeepers – André Moreira (Moreirense), Guilherme Oliveira (Sporting B), Tiago Sá (Braga B)

Defenders – Dinis Almeida (Réus), Domingos Duarte (Sporting B), João Nunes (Benfica B), Mauro Riquicho (Sporting B), Rafa (Porto B), Rebocho (Benfica B)

Midfielders – Estrela (Orlando City), Francisco Ramos (Porto B), Janio Bikel (SC Heerenveen), Raphal Guzzo (GD Chaves), Rony Lopes (Lille), Tomás Podstawski (Porto B)

Forwards – André Silva (Porto B), Gelson Martins (Sporting B), Gonçalo Guedes (Benfica B), Ivo Rodrigues (Vitória SC), João Vigário (Vitória SC B), Nuno Santos (Benfica B)

The Portugal U-20 team are in action later this month with two warm-up games before the start of the U-20 World Cup. The team faces Ghana on the 20th and Brazil on the 24th in two friendly matches, before facing Senegal, Qatar, and Colombia in the group stages of the U-20 World Cup. For the team’s full schedule, visit our Calendar page.

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