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Portugal call up big names for crunch World Cup clash with Ireland

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo will face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium next week

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo will face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium next week

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo will face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium next week

Portugal have called up their big names, and offered a recall to Renato Sanches, for their World Cup tests against Ireland and Serbia.

Portugal, currently behind Serbia in the race to top the group in the qualifiers, visit Dublin before a defining game at home to Serbia.

Coach Fernando Santos has named a strong squad which included Manchester City's João Cancelo, Rúben Dias and Bernardo Silva as well as Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot as well as Liverpool's Diogo Jota.

Meanwhile, Luxembourg have included their Champions League player Sébastien Thill in the squad for their World Cup double-header which finishes up with a home date with Ireland on Sunday week.

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Sheriff Tiraspol's Sebastien Thill celebrates scoring their dramatic winner against Real Madrid

Sheriff Tiraspol's Sebastien Thill celebrates scoring their dramatic winner against Real Madrid

Sheriff Tiraspol's Sebastien Thill celebrates scoring their dramatic winner against Real Madrid

National team boss Luc Holtz today named his squad for games against Azerbaijan and Ireland, where players like Edvin Muratović, Ralph Schon and Eldin Dzogovic were axed while some relative newcomers did make the cut.

Gerson Rodrigues, who scored their winner against Stephen Kenny's Ireland in Dublin, is in the squad.

The forward currently on loan to French side Troyes from Dynamo Kyiv, while Thill, who is featuring in the Champions League for Sheriff Tiraspol - and scored in their famous win over Real Madrid in the Bernabeu Stadium - is also included.

PORTUGAL SQUAD

Keepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Diogo Costa (FC Porto), Rui Patrício (AS Roma).

Defenders: João Cancelo, Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Nuno Mendes (PSG), José Fonte (Lille OSC), Pepe (FC Porto).

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Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (PSG), João Palhinha, Matheus Nunes (Sporting CP), William Carvalho (Real Betis), João Moutinho, Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Mário (SL Benfica), Renato Sanches (Lille OSC).

Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Rafa Silva (SL Benfica), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), André Silva (RB Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Diogo Jota (Liverpool FC), Rafael Leão (AC Milan).

LUXEMBOURG SQUAD

Keepers: Kips (Erzgebirge), Moris (Union Saint-Gilloise), Martin (Excelsior)

Defenders: Carlson (Erzgebirge), Chanot (New York City), Jans, Pinto (Sparta Rotterdam), Malget (Swift Hesperange), Selimovic (OFI Crete), Veiga (Vilafranquense, Portugal)

Midfielders: Barreiro (Mainz), Bohnert, Skenderovic (Progrès Niederkorn), Martins (Young Boys), Olesen (Koln), SInani (Huddersfield), O Thill (Vorskla Poltava), S Thill (Sheriff Tiraspol)

Forwards: Borges Sanches (B Monchengladbach), Deville (Saarbrücken), Omosanya (Fola Esch), Rodrigues (Troyes).


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