The 40-year-old defender was called up by Portugal coach Roberto Martinez, along with Manchester City midfielder Matheus Nunes.
Defender Pepe and midfielder Mateus Nunes returned to the Portugal national team, whose list of players was revealed on Friday, to face Liechtenstein and Iceland in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers.
Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, which leads Group Ten with eight points, has already secured its ticket to the 2024 European Championship after its victory over Slovakia (3-2) on October 13. The Portuguese national team will meet Liechtenstein on November 16 in Vaduz, before hosting Iceland on November 19 at Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon.
“Perfect professionalism,” according to Martinez
Pepe, who was not called up for the Seleção’s recent matches due to injury, returned for the final two qualifiers.
“The goal for him and for us is to be in good shape for these matches.”This was announced by the Spanish national team coach, Roberto Martinez, in a press conference. 40 years old “He is an exemplary professional. He has a lot of experience.”The coach confirmed.
The group also witnesses the return of the Roma striker from Sporting Braga. “He’s a player we’ve been following since January. He made a lot of progress last season.Roberto Martinez noted.
List of 26 players selected for the Portugal national team:
Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolverhampton, England), Rui Patricio (Roma, Italy).
In defense: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United, England), Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton, England), Joao Cancelo (Barcelona, Spain), Ruben Dias (Manchester City, England), Antonio Silva (Benfica, Lisbon), Gonzalo Inacio (Sporting, Portugal). – Pepe (Porto), Totti Gomez (Wolverhampton, England).
Midfielders: Joao Baleña (Fulham, England), Ruben Neves (Al-Hilal, Saudi Arabia), Joao Neves (Benfica, Lisbon), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, England), Otavio Monteiro (Al-Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain). FRA), Mateus Nunes (Manchester City/England), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/England).
Attack: Ricardo Horta (Sporting Braga), Bruma (Sporting Braga), Rafael Leao (AC Milan, Italy), Joao Felix (Barcelona, Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Gonzalo Ramos (Paris Saint-Germain / France). – Diogo Jota (Liverpool, England).