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Portugal Euro 2024 squad: Cristiano Ronaldo to play 11th international tournament as captain of national team roster | Sporting News Canada

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Cristiano Ronaldo will play in his 11th major international tournament after he was named in Portugal’s squad for Euro 2024. 

The 39-year-old Al-Nassr forward is the most-capped and most-prolific player in men’s international football history. Portugal head coach Roberto Martinez included Ronaldo among seven forwards in his 26-man squad for the tournament in Germany.

Ronaldo made his international tournament debut at Euro 2004, where Portugal finished as runners-up to surprise package Greece on home soil. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then led Portugal to victory at Euro 2016 and also in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League.

MORE: Ronaldo’s record at European Championships

Portugal Euro 2024 squad and player roster

Ronaldo is the captain and talisman of the squad, although it will be interesting to see whether he is a guaranteed starter in each game.

The rest of the roster features nine Premier League players, including three from Wolverhampton Wanderers: Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, and Pedro Neto.

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes and right-back Diogo Dalot join Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Joao Palhinha, and Diogo Jota as the other English top-flight players to be involved.

Legendary defender Pepe will be at the tournament despite turning 41 years of age in February. His 21-year-old Porto teammate Francisco Conceicao also made the squad. 

Ages and caps correct at the start of Euro 2024 on June 14

Position Player Club Age Caps
GK Diogo Costa Porto (POR) 24 22
GK Jose Sa Wolves (ENG) 31 2
GK Rui Patricio AS Roma (ITA) 36 108
DEF Antonio Silva Benfica (POR) 20 11
DEF Diogo Dalot Manchester United (ENG) 25 20
DEF Danilo Pereira PSG (FRA) 32 73
DEF Goncalo Inacio Sporting (POR) 22 9
DEF Joao Cancelo Manchester City (ENG) 30 54
DEF Nelson Semedo Wolves (ENG) 30 30
DEF Nuno Mendes PSG (FRA) 21 23
DEF Pepe Porto (ENG) 41 137
DEF Ruben Dias Manchester City (ENG) 27 56
MID Bruno Fernandes Manchester United (ENG) 29 67
MID Joao Neves Benfica (POR) 19 7
MID Joao Palhinha Fulham (ENG) 28 27
MID Matheus Nunes Manchester City (ENG) 25 14
MID Ruben Neves Al Hilal (Saudi) 27 47
MID Vitinha PSG (FRA) 24 17
MID Bernardo Silva Manchester City (ENG) 29 89
FWD Diogo Jota Liverpool (POR) 27 39
FWD Francisco Conceicao Porto (POR) 21 2
FWD Goncalos Ramos  PSG (FRA) 22 13
FWD Joao Felix Barcelona (SPA) 24 39
FWD Pedro Neto Wolves (POR) 24 7
FWD Rafael Leao AC Milan (ITA) 25 27
FWD Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr (Saudi) 39 207

How many players are in Euro 2024 squads?

On May 3, 2024, UEFA’s executive committee confirmed national teams would be able to name 26 players in their Euro 2024 squads.

This was the number allowed due to the impact of COVID-19 upon Euro 2020, while the FIFA World Cup taking place in the middle of the 2022/23 European season meant larger squads were also permitted.

UEFA intended to revert to a 23-man limit for Euro 2024 but the national competitions committee voting in favour of 26-man squads forced a rethink.

MORE: UEFA Euro 2024 schedule

Portugal Euro 2024 schedule, matches

Portugal will compete in Group F of this summer’s tournament and will face Czechia, Turkey and Georgia.

Date Match Opponent Venue Time (ET)
June 18 Group stage MD1 Czechia Red Bull Arena 3 p.m.
June 22 Group stage MD2 Turkey Westfalenstadion 12 p.m.
June 26 Group stage MD3 Georgia Arena AufSchalke 3 p.m.

Can Portugal replace players on Euro 2024 roster?

Teams were required to submit final squad lists to UEFA by June 7.

Replacements can be made on the grounds of illness or injury up until June 13, the day before the tournament starts. 

Once Euro 2024 begins, teams must find solutions from within their 26-man squads.

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