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Portugal national team squad: players, absences...

We take a look at the players selected by Fernando Santos for the Portugal national team before their opening match against Hungary in the European championship.

Portugal national team squad Euro 2021: players, absences...
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Portugal have found themselves pitted against the previous two World Cup winners in their Euro 2020 group, but with the talent at Fernando Santos' disposal - not to mention the fact that they are defending champions of this tournament - they will likely be an unwanted opponent to others.

Portugal players impress in final Euros preparation

Bruno Fernandes scored twice while Joao Cancelo also dazzled as Portugal eased their way to a 4-0 win at home to Israel on Wednesday as the holders warmed up for the European Championship with a dominant performance.

Portugal looked in total control at an empty Jose Alvalade Stadium and it was only a matter of time before they went in front in the 42nd minute as Cancelo got down the right flank and found Fernandes, who slotted low into the net with one touch.

The Manchester United midfielder then turned provider for Portugal's second two minutes later by feeding Cristiano Ronaldo and the captain went for power over placement when it came to shoot, his strike proving too much for Israel keeper Ofir Marciano.

It was Ronaldo's 104th goal for Portugal and took him within five strikes of matching former Iran striker Ali Daei's record as the all-time top scorer in international football.

Portugal continued to dictate the pace in the second half and should have added to their lead when Bernardo Silva came face-to-face with Marciano inside the area but he failed to beat the keeper, who made himself big and clawed his shot away.

Fernando Santos's side eventually got another goal in the 86th minute thanks to a moment of brilliance from Cancelo, who cut inside from the right wing to curl the ball into the far corner with his left foot.

Fernandes then capped an assured individual performance with an impressive solo strike of his own in added time, unleashing a shot from outside the box which rocketed into the top corner.

The holders begin their defence of the tournament against Hungary in Budapest on 15 June in Group F which also contains Germany and France, the 2014 and 2018 World Cup winners respectively. It's not a bad way to test yourselves if you truly fancy your chances to lift the trophy on 11 July...and many believe that with this group of players they can.

Euro 2020 Portugal squad

Goalkeepers

Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rui Silva (Granada)

Defenders

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders

Danilo Pereira (PSG), Joao Palhinha (Sporting CP), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Renato Sanches (Lille), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)

Forwards

Pedro Goncalves (Sporting CP), Andre Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Joao Felix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica)