Ronaldo asked to lead Portugal in the League of Nations

Ronaldo asked to lead Portugal in the League of Nations

LISBON, Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo was named in Portugal’s squad for the upcoming Nations League games against the Czech Republic and Spain on Thursday.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos says he is not worried about Ronaldo not playing much at Manchester United this season.

“No one here doubts how important he is to the national team,” Santos said.

Joao Felix, Diego Jota, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes are also included in the 26-man squad, along with defenders Joao Cancelo, Pep and newcomer Thiago Jalo.

Otayo and Renato Sanches were out with injuries. Santos also left Portugal’s Andre Silva, Goncalo Guedes and Joao Moutinho second-time players with the national team after Ronaldo.

Portugal will play the Czech Republic on September 24 and then host Spain three days later.

Portugal, winners of the inaugural edition of the 2019 Nations League, trail Spain by one point in Group A of League A. The team is three points ahead of the Czech Republic.

The Portuguese Football Federation released their uniforms for the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday, with a jersey inspired by the country’s green and red flag. Moving away from the traditional plain red, the new shirt features red and green stripes on each side of the diagonal line across the chest.

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