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Last Updated: Monday, 15 May 2006, 19:55 GMT 20:55 UK
No surprises in Portuguese squad

Luis Boa Morte
Boa Morte missed Euro 2004 through injury
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari kept faith with his most experienced players in his squad for the 2006 World Cup.

Scolari has stuck with trusted talent like former Fifa World Player of the Year Luis Figo and Portugal's all-time leading scorer Pauleta.

Injured centre-back Jorge Andrade was replaced by Ricardo Costa.

Fulham's Luis Boa Morte, who missed Euro 2004 through injury, is included at the expense of Ricardo Quaresma who had an impressive season for FC Porto.

Pauleta, of Paris Saint-Germain, is joined up front by Benfica striker Nuno Gomes and St Etienne's Helder Postiga.

Dynamo Moscow's Francisco Costinha and Chelsea's Nuno Maniche make the squad despite not featuring regularly for their club sides in recent months.

Scolari said: "These players have my trust and they play well as a group.

"I haven't chosen my (starting) team yet. I have seven or eight in mind. From now, the fight is on for places, though team choices will always depend on the game and the opponent."

Portugal are in Group D with Mexico, Iran and Angola.


Goalkeepers: Ricardo Pereira (Sporting), Quim Silva (Benfica), Bruno Vale (Estrela Amadora)

Defenders: Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea, England), Miguel Monteiro (Valencia, Spain), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea, England), Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Marco Caneira (Sporting), Ricardo Costa (Porto), Nuno Valente (Everton, England)

Midfielders: Armando Petit (Benfica), Costinha (Dynamo Moscow, Russia), Tiago Mendes (Olympique Lyon, France), Nuno Maniche (Chelsea, England), Hugo Viana (Valencia, Spain), Luis Figo (Inter Milan, Italy), Deco (Barcelona, Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, England), Simao Sabrosa (Benfica)

Forwards: Luis Boa Morte (Fulham, England), Pauleta (Paris Saint-Germain, France) Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Helder Postiga (Saint Etienne, France)

SEE ALSO
Portugal team guide
27 Apr 06 |  Portugal
World Cup fixtures
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