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Returning quartet boost Portugal's play-off options

Published: Friday 4 November 2011, 14.45CET
Portugal boss Paulo Bento is pleased to have a "wider range of options" after recalling Danny, Hugo Almeida, Pepe and Fábio Coentrão for the play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Returning quartet boost Portugal's play-off options
Fábio Coentrão is back in the Portugal squad ©Getty Images
 
Published: Friday 4 November 2011, 14.45CET

Returning quartet boost Portugal's play-off options

Portugal boss Paulo Bento is pleased to have a "wider range of options" after recalling Danny, Hugo Almeida, Pepe and Fábio Coentrão for the play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has named his 23-man squad for this month's UEFA EURO 2012 play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Four players return to the fold having missed the final Group H qualifiers against Iceland and Denmark. FC Zenit St Petersburg's Danny, Hugo Almeida of Beşiktaş JK and Real Madrid CF duo Fábio Coentrão and Pepe are all at Bento's disposal once more. "The return from injury of some important players gives us a wider range of options – but only that, nothing more," said Bento.

"I trust in every player I have, not just those, and also in the way we are working. There is always criticism, not only in defeat but also when we win. That's normal. We lost against Denmark and could not secure qualification, but since that day our thoughts have been on the games against Bosnia."

Portugal travel to Zenica on 11 November, with the Lisbon return four days later. Bento's team finished second in Group H after a 2-1 defeat in Denmark in their concluding Group H qualifier.

Goalkeepers: Beto (CFR 1907 Cluj), Eduardo (SL Benfica), Rui Patrício (Sporting Clube de Portugal).

Defenders: Bruno Alves (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid CF), Sereno (1. FC Köln), João Pereira (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Pepe (Real Madrid CF), Rolando (FC Porto), Sílvio (Club Atlético de Madrid).

Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Granada CF), João Moutinho (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Genoa CFC), Raul Meireles (Chelsea FC), Ruben Amorim (SL Benfica), Rúben Micael (Real Zaragoza).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF), Danny (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Hugo Almeida (Beşiktaş JK), Hélder Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United FC), Nuno Gomes (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş JK).

Last updated: 04/11/11 17.53CET

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