Ronaldo returns for Bulgaria, Belgium friendlies

Portugal has been drawn in Group F at Euro 2016 along with Austria, Hungary and Iceland.

Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.   -  AP

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the national squad after missing their last three games for friendlies against Bulgaria on March 25 and Belgium four days later, coach Fernando Santos said Friday.

Defender Ricardo Carvalho, midfielder Adrien Silva and strikers Danny, Rafa, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder also return to the 24-player group, with Joao Moutinho and forward Nelson Oliveira both injured.

Moutinho has picked up a left ankle injury which will rule the Monaco midfielder out of action for a month.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches has been rewarded for his impressive season with Benfica by getting his first call-up.

Portugal has been drawn in Group F at Euro 2016 along with Austria, Hungary and Iceland.


Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO)

Defenders: Cedric Soares (Southampton/ENG), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahśe/TUR), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco/FRA), Jose Fonte (Southampton/ENG), Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient/FRA)

Midfielders: Danilo (FC Porto), William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Joao Mario (all Sporting), Andrş Gomes (Valencia/ESP), Bernardo Silva (Monaco/FRA), Renato Sanches (Benfica)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Danny (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS), Eder (Lille/FRA), Nani (Fenerbahce/TUR), Rafa (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR)

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