Thu 10 November 2022 | 20:04

Santos denies Moutinho's last World Cup wish with Sanches also absent

Appearing 146 times for his country, the 36-year-old midfielder was overlooked in favor of Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes. However, the Portugal captain will now try to become one of just four players to hit the net at four separate editions of the tournament

Fernando Santos

released his 26-man squad for Portugal's trip to Qatar this Wednesday as

Renato Sanches


Joao Moutinho

were among the most noticeable players missing their country's World Cup tournament.

While Sanches was overlooked by PSG team-mates Vitinha, Pereira, and Nuno Mendes, the 36-year-old midfielder Moutinho was denied the chance of featuring in the last World Cup as Santos opted to include his Wolverhampton teammates, Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes.

Meanwhile, Portugal captain

Cristiano Ronaldo

hopes to become the first player to score at five separates World Cups this winter as he already shares the tournament of scoring in four separate competitions with Pele, Uwe Seeler, and Miroslav Klose.

Portugal squad:

Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolves), Rui Patricio (Roma); Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund); Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolves), Otavio (Porto), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain), William Carvalho (Real Betis); Andre Silva (RB Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Goncalo Ramos (Benfica), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (Milan), Ricardo Horta (Braga).



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