Cristiano Ronaldo returns for ‘stronger’ Portugal

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his Portugal return after being named in their squad for upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Ronaldo has made his comeback from a knee injury at club level, and was included by Fernando Santos for meetings with Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

Without their captain, the European champions beat Gibraltar, but lost their opening qualifier against Switzerland.

“It is stronger because it has Cristiano Ronaldo,” Santos said.

“It’s stronger, mainly because the other players have more minutes, more work, more training.

“That was one of the problems in the first qualifier with Switzerland.”

Sporting attacker Gelson Martins, reportedly a transfer target for Madrid and Manchester United, could win his first cap.

Portugal host Andorra in Aveiro on October 7 before a trip to the Faroe Islands three days later.

Portugal squad:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Marafona (SC Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Cagliari), Antunes (Dynamo Kiev), Joao Cancelo (Valencia), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Pepe (Real Madrid), Cedric Soares (Southampton)

Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting), Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Joao Mario (Inter Milan), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Danilo Pereira (Porto), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Adrien Silva (Sporting).

Attackers: Eder (Lille), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Nani (Valencia), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Andre Silva (Porto), Bernardo Silva (Monaco), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

source: theworldgame

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