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Cristiano Ronaldo named in Portugal’s Nations League squad

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Cristiano Ronaldo is in Portugal’s 23-man squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League tournament this summer.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos had previously confirmed he would call-up Ronaldo amid fears the Juventus star would be a no-show.

And the 64-year-old has kept his word in what only can be a massive boost for the national team as they prepare to host the inaugural Nations League competition.

The European champions will take on Switzerland in the semi-finals in Porto on June 5. Should they win, then either the Netherlands or England will await them in the final at the same venue four days later.

Now the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced the 23-man squad that will represent the nation this summer earlier today.

And Santos sprung a relative surprise by picking Benfica youngster Joao Felix in his final team.

The 19-year-old forward has attracted plenty of interest in Europe following his breakthrough campaign where he starred in the Primeira Liga and the Europa League for Benfica.

Felix ended up with an impressive haul of 20 goals and 11 assists in 43 appearances. He also became the Europa League’s youngest hat-trick scorer since Sergio Aguero in 2007 in Benfica’s quarter-final first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.

This seemingly convinced Santos to give the teenager a chance, despite the fact he’s never played for the senior Portugal team.

Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva has also been called up along with Wolves stars Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio.

Full-backs Nelson Semedo (Barcelona) and Joao Cancelo (Juventus) are also in the final Portugal team.

23-man Nations League squad

Goalkeepers: Beto (Göztepe S.K), Rui Patricio (Wolves), Jose Sa (Olympiacos).

Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Rui (Napoli), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona), Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Ruben Dias (Wolves), Pepe (FC Porto), Jose Fonte (Lille OS).

Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Pizzi (Benfica), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Joao Moutinho (Wolves).

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolves), Dyego Sousa (S.C. Braga), Joao Felix (Benfica), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica).