veteran Pepe back in Portuguese selection

The 40-year-old defender was recalled by Portugal coach Roberto Martinez, along with Manchester City midfielder Matheus Nunes.

Defender Pepe and midfielder Matheus Nunes are back in the Portugal selection, whose list of players was revealed on Friday, to face Liechtenstein and Iceland in qualifying for Euro 2024.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, leading Group J with eight points, has already validated its ticket for Euro 2024 after beating Slovakia (3-2) on October 13. The Portuguese will face Liechtenstein on November 16 in Vaduz, before welcoming Iceland on November 19 at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon.

“Exemplary professionalism” according to Martinez

Pepe, who was not called up to play the Seleçao’s last matches due to injury, is back for the last two qualifying matches.

“The objective for him and for us is for him to be in good shape for these matches”, declared Portugal coach, Spaniard Roberto Martinez, at a press conference. The 40-year-old “is exemplary professional. He has very significant experience”underlined the coach.

The group also sees the return of striker Bruma from Sporting Braga. “He’s a player we’ve been following since January. He made a lot of progress last season.indicated Roberto Martinez.

List of 26 selected for the Portugal team:

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), José Sa (Wolverhampton/ENG), Rui Patricio (AS Roma/ITA)

Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United/ENG), Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton/ENG), Joao Cancelo (FC Barcelona/ESP), Ruben Dias (Manchester City/ENG), Antonio Silva (Benfica Lisbon), Gonçalo Inacio (Sporting Portugal) , Pepe (FC Porto), Toti Gomes (Wolverhampton/ENG)

Midfielders: Joao Palhinha (Fulham/ENG), Ruben Neves (Al-Hilal/KSA), Joao Neves (Benfica Lisbon), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United/ENG), Otavio Monteiro (Al Nasr/KSA), Vitinha (Paris SG/FRA), Matheus Nunes (Manchester City/ENG), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG)

Forwards: Ricardo Horta (Sporting Braga), Bruma (Sporting Braga), Rafael Leao (AC Milan/ITA), Joao Félix (FC Barcelona/ESP), Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nr/KSA), Gonçalo Ramos (Paris SG/FRA) , Diogo Jota (Liverpool/ENG).

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