Caçador offers chance to new trio

Portugal coach Rui Caçador has named a 20-man squad for the qualifier against England with Bruno Gama, Bruno Pinheiro and Carlos Saleiro all in line for debuts.

João Moutinho is back in the under-21 setup
João Moutinho is back in the under-21 setup ©Getty Images

Portugal coach Rui Caçador has named a 20-man squad for the next 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against England on 20 November in a game where Bruno Gama, Bruno Pinheiro and Carlos Saleiro could all make their debuts.

Moutinho return
Gama has been groomed by FC Porto but is currently playing for Vitória FC while Pinheiro has played in the last two games for Boavista FC after being loaned out to Ribeirão last year. Saleiro is a product of the Sporting Clube de Portugal youth team and is currently having a prolific season at second division CD Fátima. Another Sporting player, João Moutinho, is back after some call-ups to the main squad. Portugal lie second in Group 3, three points behind England.

Portugal squad
Goalkeepers: Ricardo Batista (Fulham FC), Rui Patrício (Sporting Clube de Portugal).

Defenders: Antunes (AS Roma), Gonçalo Brandão (CF Os Belenenses), Nuno André Coelho (Portimonense SC), Vasco Fernandes (UD Salamanca), Bruno Pereirinha (Sporting Clube de Portugal).

Midfielders: Paulo Machado (Leixões SC), Celestino (GD Estoril Praia), Pelé (FC Internazionale Milano), Bruno Pinheiro (Boavista FC), João Ribeiro (A. Naval 1º de Maio), João Moutinho (Sporting Clube de Portugal).

Forwards: Vieirinha (Leixões SC), Hélder Barbosa (A.A. de Coimbra), João Moreira (CD Nacional), Tiago Targino (Vitória SC), Yannick Djaló (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Carlos Saleiro (UD Fátima), Bruno Gama (Vitória FC).

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