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EURO 2016

Cristiano, Pepe head up Portugal Euro squad featuring Sanches

Portugal boss Fernando Santos has named his 23-man party for the 2016 European Championship, with Renato Sanches in and Tiago left out.

Cristiano, Pepe head up Portugal Euro squad featuring Sanches

Bayern Munich-bound youngster Renato Sanches has been named in the 23-man Portugal squad for Euro 2016, which was announced by coach Fernando Santos on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Sanches will move to Bayern this summer for an initial 35 million euros ($39.6m, £27.4m) from Benfica after an outstanding breakthrough season with the Portuguese champions and he has been rewarded for his form with a spot in the national squad.

There is no place in the group for veteran Atlético Madrid midfielder Tiago Mendes, who has missed much of the season with a broken leg, while Monaco's Bernardo Silva misses out after suffering a thigh injury.

Santos can still modify his squad up to the 31 May deadline imposed by UEFA.

Portugal are in Group F at the European Championship along with Austria, Hungary and Iceland.

Santos announces his Portugal squad.
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Santos announces his Portugal squad.MARIO CRUZEFE

Portugal squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO)

Defenders: Cedric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe/TUR), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco/FRA), José Fonte (Southampton/ENG), Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphaël Guerreiro (Lorient/FRA)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Sporting), Adrien Silva (Sporting), Joao Mario (Sporting), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), André Gomes (Valencia/ESP), Renato Sanches (Benfica)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Nani (Fenerbahçe/TUR), Eder (Lille/FRA - on loan from Swansea City/ENG), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR), Rafa Silva (Braga)


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