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Portugal names roster vs. Russia

LISBON, Portugal -- Sporting Lisbon midfielder Andre Martins has earned his first Portugal call-up for a World Cup qualifying game against Russia it can't afford to lose.

Coach Paulo Bento's squad also features returns for Nani, Ruben Micael and Ruben Amorim. Real Madrid defender Pepe is suspended for the match at Benfica's Stadium of Light in Lisbon on June 7.

Russia is top of Group F with 12 points after four wins in four games. Portugal and Israel share second place on 11 points but they have each played six games.

Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, reached the semifinals at last year's European Championship but the team ranked fifth in the world by FIFA has struggled to find its form since then.


Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo (Istanbul BB), Beto (Sevilla).

Defenders: Joao Pereira (Valencia), Bruno Alves (Zenit St. Petersburg), Henrique Sereno (Valladolid), Luis Neto (Zenit St. Petersburg), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Silvio (Deportivo La Coruna), Ricardo Costa (Valencia).

Midfielders: Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Carlos Custodio (Braga), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Joao Moutinho (FC Porto), Andre Martins (Sporting Lisbon) , Ruben Amorim (Braga), Ruben Micael (Braga).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto), Helder Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Danny (Zenit St. Petersburg), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Nani (Manchester United), Nelson Oliveira (Deportivo La Coruna).


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