Roberto Martínez bets again for Cristiano for his first big test

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to head the list of summoned of the selector of PortugalRoberto Martínez, for the clashes against Bosnia and Iceland, which will be the first major test for the Spanish coach since he took office.

Martínez has announced this Monday his second call as selector of the “quinas” and has opted again for a safe list and that does not present many changes compared to the previous one.

The main difference is the absence of the midfielder joao marioone of the Euro 2016 champions, who decided last night to end his career with the national team. Mário’s resignation was the most frequently asked matter at Roberto Martínez’s press conference, who downplayed any controversy and assured that it was only “a natural situation and a personal decision.”

“We have to respect João Mário. He is an exemplary professional, a player with a positive character. It is a personal decision. We have to respect and maintain the memories of him in the national team, ”said the Catalan coach.

Martínez also said that the recent Portuguese champion with Benfica was part of the squad and that he has not yet spoken to the player, but that he intends to do so “in a natural way” and to “thank him for his role in the national team”.

The only new face on the list is the center back Toti Gomes, who represents the Wolverhampton of the Spanish Julen Lopetegui. In Martínez’s opinion, Gomes “is a very interesting player. He has different qualities, he is different from other center backs”. “He is a physical central defender, very strong in duels, left-handed. His performances at Wolverhampton were very good. We need players with different characteristics, ”he pointed out.

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Besides, recovers Renato Sanches, one of the figures of the Portuguese victory in 2016 and who has not represented his country since 2021. Portugal, which leads group J qualifying for Euro 2024 after its victories against Liechtenstein (4-0) and Luxembourg (6-0), will now face Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland. First, they will receive the Bosnian team in Lisbon on June 17, and then they will travel to Reykjavik to face the Icelandic team on June 20.

List of called:

Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Port), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton) and Rui Patricio (Rome).

Defenses: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) joao cancel (Bayern), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Gonçalo Inácio (Sporting), Toti Gomes (Wolves), Pepe (Port), Danilo (PSG), Nelson Semedo (Wolves), Ruben Dias (Man.City) and Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Palhinha (Fulham), ruben neves (Wolves), otavio (Port), Bruno Fernandes (Man. United), Bernardo Silva (Man.City), Renato Sanchez (PSG) and vitinha (PSG).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr), Ricardo Horta (Braga), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Goncalo Ramos (Benfica), joao felix (Chelsea), and Rafael Leão (Milan).

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