Nani, Eder to miss 2018 World Cup

Nani, Eder to miss 2018 World Cup

Lazio winger Nani, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes and Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches, who spent this season on loan at Swansea, have all not been selected.

"But, on the personal side, it hurts me to leave out players who took part in the European championship, and others who took part in the qualifiers and helped the team get this far".

Forwards Nani and the hero of the Euro 2016 final Eder were shock absentees from Portugal's World Cup squad.

Portuguese coach Fernando Sanches revealed he had to make a hard decision to drop the players that won the Euros two years ago, .

"It was, of course, hard to leave out Eder, Nani and others who wrote the most brilliant page in the history of Portuguese football".

Portugal will also be without high flying Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo and Real Madrid loanee Fabio Coentrao who said he will not be fit enough to make the squad.

"From a human perspective, it's very hard to discard players who were with us at Euro 2016", admitted 63-year-old coach Santos. "As a professional, I have to make decisions and I know that I'm not going to please everyone", Santos told a news conference. Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao, who has been on loan with Sporting Lisbon, was omitted after saying he wasn't in the best condition to play for the national team.

Portugal have announced the 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Portugal head into the World Cup as defending European Championship winners.

Portugal faces Spain in one of the biggest group match clashes on June 15.

Tuneups. Portugal will Tunisia on May 28, Belgium on June 2 and Algeria on June 7 before heading to Russian Federation.

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