Portugal 2022 World Cup squad: Who joins Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes in Qatar?

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Portugal will be making their eighth appearance in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar and coach Fernando Santos will hope that his golden generation can live up to the expectations.

They are yet to lift the coveted prize and their best result was a third-place finish in 1966.

Could this be the time that Cristiano Ronaldo & co. finally get their hands on the trophy after securing qualification through the playoffs?

They have been drawn in Group H along with Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea. Not an easy group to be placed in, but given the resources in their tank they are likely to progress to the knockouts, barring a major upset.

Which 26 players would you pick from the candidates below to make the trip to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

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    GOALKEEPERS

    Goalkeeping should be a concern for Santos in Qatar. Although there are plenty of options to choose from, none can be counted as amongst the best in the world.

    Veteran keeper Rui Patricio has traditionally been the number one choice but he is prone to errors.

    Porto's Diogo Costa is a young keeper and is known to be sure-footed between the sticks, but lacks the experience of playing on the biggest stages.

    Wolves' Jose Sa is likely to be the third choice for Santos, but is yet to make his senior national team debut.

    The other alternatives in Tiago Rui Silva, Antony Lopes, and Claudio Ramos are handy options but feature in the lower rungs of the pecking order.

    Name

    Club

    Rui Patricio

    Roma

    Jose Sa

    Wolves

    Claudio Ramos

    Porto

    Tiago Rui Silva

    Real Betis

    Antony Lopes

    Lyon

    Diogo Costa

    Porto

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    DEFENDERS

    Portugal have a solid backline led by Manchester City skipper Ruben Dias. He is likely to be partnered by an experienced candidate in Pepe.

    Jose Fonte is another reliable option for the centre back position along with young sensation David Carmo, versatile defender Tiago Djalo and Ferro.

    Joao Cancelo is the preferred choice at right back but he will have sizeable competition from Diogo Dalot, Cedric Soares and Nelson Semedo.

    On the left flank, Nuno Mendes should start. However, Santos is spoilt for choice in this position as there are several other candidates in Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro, Braga's Nuno Sequeira, and Napoli's Mario Rui.

    A reservoir of talent!

    Name

    Club

    Pepe

    Porto

    Ruben Dias

    Manchester City

    Joao Cancelo

    Manchester City

    Nuno Mendes

    PSG

    Mario Rui

    Napoli

    Diogo Dalot

    Manchester United

    Tiago Djalo

    Lille

    Kevin Rodrigues

    Adana Demirspor

    Francisco Ferreira

    Vitesse

    David Carmo

    Porto

    Jose Fonte

    Lillle

    Ricardo Pereira

    Leicester City

    Raphael Guerreiro

    Dortmund

    Domingos Duarte

    Getafe

    Nuno Sequeira

    SC Braga

    Nelson Semedo

    Wolves

    Cedric Soares

    Arsenal

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    MIDFIELDERS

    Portugal have plenty of quality at the centre of the park, too.

    The preferred three should be Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Neves and Vitinha. But if Santos wants to mix things up in the middle, he has plenty of assuring options.

    Matheus Nunes is a young & exciting talent, while the usual suspects in William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho and Andre Gomes add further depth and experience to the roster.

    Otavio is is blooming late but surely at Porto and has the potential to shine at the highest level.

    Renato Sanches, once tipped to be a generational talent, has failed to live up to expectations. He is struggling for minutes at PSG after joining them in the summer and his participation remains an uncertainty.

    Name

    Club

    Vitinha

    PSG

    William Carvalho

    Real Betis

    Bernardo Silva

    Manchester City

    Joao Mario

    Benfica

    Bruno Fernandes

    Manchester United

    Ruben Neves

    Wolves

    Joao Palhinha

    Wolves

    Matheus Nunes

    Wolves

    Joao Moutinho

    Wolves

    Renato Sanches

    PSG

    Danilo Pereira

    PSG

    Otavio

    Porto

    Andre Gomes

    Lille

    Sergio Oliveira

    Galatasaray

    Daniel Podence

    Wolves

    Pedro Goncalves

    Sporting CP

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    ATTACKERS

    Portugal's hopes rest once again on the shoulders of Cristiano Ronaldo. The player with the most international goals in men's football will look to further add to his tally in Qatar and guide his nation to the ultimate prize in international football.

    He will be ably supported by players such as Joao Felix and Liverpool ace Diogo Jota, while Milan's Rafael Leao has also made a name for himself and will be raring to fire on all cylinders in his debut World Cup.

    There are a host of other options as well such as Andre Silva, Goncalo Ramos, Goncalo Guedes, who can make an impact coming on as a substitute.

    Wolves' Pedro Neto is also hitting the right chords in the Premier League and should be part of the World Cup squad.

    However, the retirement of Rafa Silva from international football in September was a surprise for Portugal.

    Name

    Club

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Manchester United

    Diogo Jota

    Liverpool

    Joao Felix

    Atletico Madrid

    Rafael Leao

    AC Milan

    Ricardo Horta

    Braga

    Pedro Neto

    Wolves

    Goncalo Ramos

    Benfica

    Andre Silva

    RB Leipzig

    Goncalo Guedes

    Wolves

    Gelson Martins

    Monaco

    Goncalo Paciencia

    Celta de Vigo

    Francisco Trincao

    Sporting CP

  • STRONGEST XI

    The first choice between the sticks should be Diogo Costa, with the Porto man displacing the more experienced Rui Patricio for the qualification playoffs and now seemingly being Portugal's No.1.

    In defence, Ruben Dias and Pepe are likely to be the two centre backs with Mendes and Cancelo as the wide options.

    Neves will likely play the role of a defensive midfielder, with Vitinha slightly higher up. Meanwhile, Fernandes will likely be the most attacking option.

    The front-three could be comprised of Bernardo, Ronaldo, and Jota.

    Portugal XI (4-3-3): Diogo Costa; Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Mendes; Neves, Vitinha, Fernandes; Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Jota.

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