Portugal coach Fernando Santos has called up young Benfica Lisbon striker Gonçalo Ramos (21) for the first time to replace Rafa Silva (29, 25 caps), who ended his international career. the Portuguese Football Federation announced on Tuesday.
Gonçalo Ramos appeared 18 times with the Portuguese Espoirs, scoring 14 goals. It will be operational to face the Czech Republic on Saturday in Prague, then Spain next Tuesday in Braga, as part of the League of Nations. Portugal are second in Group 2, one point behind Spain.
Rafa Silva won Euro 2016 and the Nations League in 2019
His club teammate Rafa Silva (4 goals and 2 assists this season) surprised everyone by announcing on Monday that he could no longer represent his country. On the official website of the Portuguese selection, the 29-year-old indicated that it was “an honest and just decision”. He also requested that "the reasons, of a personal nature, are respected by all".
Rafa Silva contributed to the titles won by Portugal, at Euro 2016 and then in the League of Nations in 2019.
Since the announcement of his list last Thursday, Fernando Santos has already had to replace the left side of Borussia Dortmund Raphaël Guerreiro, injured, by Mario Rui (Naples).