World Cup Countdown: Ten Euro 2016 champions miss out in Portugal squad

Eder, who came off the bench to score the winning goal in the Euro 2016 final, is one of 10 players from Portugal's European Championship team that Coach Fernando Santos did not retain for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“It hurts not to be able to include all the players who were with us in the European Championship,” Santos said. “All of them helped us write a brilliant page in the history of Portuguese soccer.”



Those missing include veteran Nani and Renato Sanches, who was considered one of Europe's top young players but has struggled the last two seasons at Bayern Munich and on loan to Swansea City. Both started against France in the Euro 2016 final.

The squad is headed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is slated to play in his fourth World Cup. He'll join the Portugal team in training after playing for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool May 26 in Kiev.

“I have to make my decisions taking into consideration the players I believe will best fit the puzzle,” Santos added. “I trust these players the same way I trusted the players who played at Euro 2016.”

Tuneups. Portugal will Tunisia on May 28, Belgium on June 2 and Algeria on June 7 before heading to Russia.

First round. Portugal will open at the World Cup against Spain on June 15 in Sochi. It will then face Iran and Morocco in Group B

Portugal Roster (23 players):
GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Beto (Goztepe/TUR), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon).
DEFENDERS: Bruno Alves (Rangers/SCO), Cedric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang/CHN), Mario Rui (Napoli/ITA), Pepe (Besiktas/TUR), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica).
MIDFIELDERS: Adrien Silva (Leicester City/ENG), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham United/ENG), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon).
FORWARDS: Andre Silva (AC Milan/ITA), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR).
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