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Pepe pips Zé Castro for Portugal

Published: Tuesday 1 June 2010, 21.52CET
Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has confirmed his squad for the FIFA World Cup finals with defender Zé Castro the final player to miss out on the 23-man selection for the trip to South Africa.
Pepe pips Zé Castro for Portugal
Carlos Queiroz has named his Portugal squad for the World Cup finals ©Getty Images

Published: Tuesday 1 June 2010, 21.52CET

Pepe pips Zé Castro for Portugal

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has confirmed his squad for the FIFA World Cup finals with defender Zé Castro the final player to miss out on the 23-man selection for the trip to South Africa.

Portugal defender Zé Castro has missed out on a place in coach Carlos Queiroz's FIFA World Cup squad after Real Madrid CF's Pepe was deemed fit to take the final spot in the 23-man selection.

Queiroz summoned 24 players on 10 May due to doubts that Pepe, who has not played since picking up a right-knee ligament injury against Valencia CF on 12 December, would recover in time for the finals. However, the 27-year-old's condition has satisfied the Portugal coach and Zé Castro, who has a single cap, misses out as a result.

Following Tuesday's match against Cameroon, Queiroz's squad travel to South Africa where they will face Mozambique in their final warm-up game on 8 June. Semi-finalists in 2006, Portugal begin their Group G quest against Côte d'Ivoire on 15 June, playing North Korea six days later and Brazil on 25 June.

Portugal squad
Goalkeepers:
Eduardo (SC Braga), Daniel Fernandes (Iraklis FC), Beto (FC Porto).

Defenders: Miguel (Valencia CF), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea FC), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea FC), Pepe (Real Madrid CF), Bruno Alves (FC Porto), Rolando (FC Porto), Ricardo Costa (LOSC Lille Métropole), Duda (Málaga CF), Fábio Coentrão (SL Benfica).

Midfielders: Pedro Mendes (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Tiago (Club Atlético de Madrid), Deco (Chelsea FC), Raúl Meireles (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Danny (FC Zenit St. Petersburg).

Forwards: Simão (Clube Atlético de Madrid), Liedson (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF), Nani (Manchester United FC).

Last updated: 12/04/12 7.40CET

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