Ronaldo, Nani, Renato Sanches - How Portugal could line up in Euro 2016 final against France

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Fernando Santos has used all 20 outfield players at Euro 2016 due to injuries and suspensions but has a full squad to choose from with Cristiano Ronaldo ready to lead his side into battle


Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line for Portugal against France in the Euro 2016 final at Saint-Denis. The Real Madrid forward registered a goal and assist in the semi-final win against Wales – moving his goals tally to three at these finals and nine in total at European Championship tournament matches.

His strike partner Nani has also scored three times as Portugal progressed unbeaten to this final against the hosts.

Further back the pitch, injury meant Pepe sat out the win against the Welsh but he trained on Friday and is expected to replace Bruno Alves at the heart of the defence. Beside him will be Jose Fonte, who won his place in the side at the expense of Ricardo Carvalho.

William Carvalho is expected to be recalled in midfield after suspension and Portugal have looked more fluid in that area when William plays with Sporting team-mates Adrien Silva and Joao Mario. Precocious talent Renato Sanches will also play.

Rounding out the line-up in the full-back positions will be Raphael Guerreiro – who has signed for Borussia Dortmund – and Cedric Soares.

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos has kept everyone guessing as to his line-ups so far at Euro 2016 – he has used all 20 outfield players along with regular goalkeeper Rui Patricio. 

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