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Antunes earns Portugal promotion

Published: Thursday 1 February 2007, 13.10CET
FC Paços de Ferreira defender Antunes has received his first call-up to the Portugal Under-21 side as they prepare to host a four-team friendly tournament.
Published: Thursday 1 February 2007, 13.10CET

Antunes earns Portugal promotion

FC Paços de Ferreira defender Antunes has received his first call-up to the Portugal Under-21 side as they prepare to host a four-team friendly tournament.

FC Paços de Ferreira defender Antunes has received his first call-up to the Portugal Under-21 squad as they prepare to host the VII Torneio Internacional Vale do Tejo next week.

Showing promise
Antunes, a mainstay of the U20 team, has been rewarded for a series of consistent performances at club and international level, being seen as a potential solution for what has become a problem position for the U21 side. The left-back, 19, will hope to make his debut under coach José Couceiro against Estonia in Portugal's first game of the four-team tournament on 6 February. The Portuguese will then face either the Czech Republic or Slovenia in a second match two days later.

Portugal squad
Goalkeepers:
Paulo Ribeiro (FC Porto), Ricardo Batista (Fulham FC).

Defenders: João Pereira (Gil Vicente FC), Amoreirinha (CF Estrela da Amadora), Rolando (CF Os Belenenses), Diogo Valente (CS Marítimo), Semedo (Cagliari Calcio), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Antunes (FC Paços de Ferreira), Nuno André Coelho (R. Standard de Liège).

Midfielders: Ruben Amorim (CF Os Belenenses), Manuel Fernandes (Everton FC), Filipe Oliveira (CS Marítimo), Paulo Machado (UD Leiria), Vieirinha (FC Porto), Organista (Pontevedra CF).

Forwards: Ricardo Vaz Té (Bolton Wanderers FC), Nani (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Yannick (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Varela (Vitória FC), Ivanildo (UD Leiria).

Last updated: 13/03/07 18.43CET

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