However, it is defender Toti Gomes, a Wolverhampton player, who is considered to be the big news in the selection for the games against Bosnia-Herzegovina (June 17) and Iceland (June 20).
Born in Guinea-Bissau, 24-year-old Toti Gomes played 17 games in the 2022/23 edition of the Premier League for Wolves.
Regarding the Spanish coach's first call-up, on March 17, the return of Nélson Semedo, also from Wolverhampton, Renato Sanches, from Paris Saint-Germain, and Ricardo Horta, from Sporting de Braga, is also news.
With the entry of these four players, Nuno Mendes leaves, due to injury, João Mário, who resigned from the national team, and also Diogo Leite and Matheus Nunes, both apparently due to a technical option.
On the list, veterans Cristiano Ronaldo, 38 years old, who can reach 200 'AA' caps (he has 198) and has 122 goals since 2003, and Pepe, 40 years old, with 133 games and eight goals since 2007, continue to feature in the squad.
The Portuguese football team receives Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 17, at Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon, and travels three days later to Reykjavik, to face Iceland, in Group J matches for qualifying for the 2024 European Championship.
Portugal have already won two games in the group, beating Liechtenstein (4-0), on March 23, and Luxembourg (6-0).
The full Portugal squad is made up of:
- Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (FC Porto), José Sá (Wolverhampton, England) and Rui Patrício (Roma, Italy).
- Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United, England), João Cancelo (Bayern Munich, Ale), Pepe (FC Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City, England), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain, Fra), António Silva ( Benfica), Toti Gomes (Wolverhampton, England), Gonçalo Inácio (Sporting), Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund, England) and Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton, England).
- Midfielders: Palhinha (Fulham, England), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton, England), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City, England), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, England), Otávio (FC Porto), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain, England) and Renato Sanches (Paris Saint-Germain, Fra).
- Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr, Ara), Gonçalo Ramos (Benfica), João Félix (Chelsea, England), Rafael Leão (AC Milan, Italy), Diogo Jota (Liverpool, England) and Ricardo Horta (Sporting Braga).