Lisbon, Oct 3 : Portugal football coach Ferndo Santos has left Real Madrid defender Pepe out of the squad because of fitness issues. So he will not play in the qualifiers for Euro 2016 against Denmark and Serbia. The list provided on Friday by Santos includes the team’s captain and main star striker, Cristiano Roldo, as well as the new addition of right-back Nelson Semedo, the young defender with Benfica, Efe reported.
The Portuguese team will face Denmark on Thursday in Braga, and three days later will play Serbia away from home.
Squad: Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patrício (Sporting Lisbon) and Ventura (Belenenses).
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Cedric (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Nelson Semedo (Benfica), Fabio Coentrao (Moco), Ricardo Carvalho (Moco) and Neto (Zenit).
Midfielders: Andre Andre (Porto), Danilo (Porto) Berrdo Silva (Moco), Joao Moutinho (Moco), Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon), Miguel Veloso (Dymo Kiev), Rafa Silva (SC Braga) and Tiago (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards: Cristiano Roldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Eder (Swansea), ni (Fenerbahce) and Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas). IANS