European Champions Portugal are spearheaded by Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo heading into the penultimate international break ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Fernando Santos’ Portugal are second after six games, trailing Group B leaders Switzerland by three points, but can close the gap with routine wins against the minnows of Faroe Islands and last year’s Euro 2016 group stage opponent, Hungary.
AC Milan striker Andre Silva, Sporting CP forward Gelson Martins and Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma will join Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, while there were call-ups for RB Leipzig’s Bruma and Norwich’s Nelson Oliveira.
There was no spot for Valencia winger Nani, who is reportedly close to a move to Serie A outfit Lazio, while Fabio Coentrao gets his first call-up since October 2015, replacing the injured Raphael Guerrero.
Euro 2016 winners Eder and Renato Sanches failed to make the cut, the latter of which having just completed a loan move to English Premier League side Swansea City.
World Cup Qualifying Squad vs. Faroe Islands and Hungary
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Beto, Bruno Varela
Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Cedric Soares, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Jose Fonte, Fabio Coentrao, Eliseu
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Danilo Pereira, Joao Moutinho, Pizzi, Joao Mario, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Quaresma, Gelson Martins, Andre Silva, Bruma, Nelson Oliveira