Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches return for Portugal as coach Fernando Santos demands an end to the Euro 2016 party
- Portugal face Andorra and the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches return to the squad after injury
- Coach Fernando Santos wants his side to focus after Switzerland loss
- Santos says his side need to forget about their summer Euro 2016 win
Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches were recalled to the Portugal squad after injury on Thursday as coach Fernando Santos urged the European champions to switch out of party mode.
Santos, naming his players for next month’s World Cup qualifiers at home to Andorra and away to the Faroe Islands, believes his players were not fully switched on when they began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat in Switzerland.
‘We have to get out of European champion mode, that party mode, that state of relaxation,’ Santos told reporters. ‘That cannot happen again.’
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side won Euro 2016 in France during the summer
Ronaldo, pictured with the trophy, is back in the Portugal squad after a knee injury
Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches is also back in the Portugal squad after injury
‘We have to remember that the qualifying competition is very different from a tournament. We don’t have 50 days together and the sense of togetherness that goes with it,’ he added.
‘We play once a month and then the players go back to their clubs.’
Portugal captain and record scorer Ronaldo and midfielder Sanches missed the Switzerland match because they had not fully recovered from injuries sustained during Euro 2016.
There were scenes of celebration in Lisbon as Portugal returned as champions in July
But coach Fernando Santos (right) has called for those celebrations to be put aside
But Santos said it was not just their presence that would make Portugal stronger.
‘I wouldn’t say the team is stronger just because Ronaldo is here but because the other players have played more, have worked more and have trained more. That was one of the problems of the match against Switzerland.’
Sporting forward Gelson Martins is the only uncapped player in the squad.
Portugal lost their first World Cup qualifier 1-0 against Switzerland at the start of September
Water in the national team’s colours was sprayed over the aircraft as it landed after Euro 2016
Portugal host Andorra in Aveiro on Oct. 7 and visit the Faroes three days later.
Santos warned that the Faroes would play in a similar manner to Iceland, who held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their opening match at Euro 2016.
‘They are a very well-organised team. They will cause trouble and we have to be on our guard. If we respect them as we did with our opponents during the Euros, we will win; if we are not careful, we will be left with a bad taste.’
PORTUGAL SQUAD FOR ANDORRA AND THE FAROE ISLANDS
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Marafona (Braga);
Defenders: Antunes (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Bruno Alves (Cagliari/ITA), Cedric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Jose Fonte (Southampton/ENG), Joao Cancelo (Valencia/ESP), Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund/GER);
Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Sporting), William Carvalho (Sporting), Andre Gomes (Barcelona/ESP), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto), Joao Mario (Inter Milan/ITA), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), Renato Sanches (Bayern/GER)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Andre Silva (FC Porto), Bernardo Silva (Monaco/FRA), Eder (Lille/FRA), Gelson Martins (Sporting), Nani (Valencia/ESP), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR)