Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal into the World Cup after Fernando Santos named the veteran forward in his 26-man squad on Thursday.
The Manchester United striker, 37, has not been first choice for his club this season but will be part of his country’s bid to win the tournament for the first time in their history.
Ronaldo, the captain and all-time leading scorer in men’s international football with 117 goals, has plenty of younger team-mates in support in attack, including Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and AC Milan’s Rafael Leao.
“All the players I have called up come with the hunger to win and make Portugal world champions, Ronaldo included,” said Santos.
Ronaldo will go to his fifth World Cup, having played for his country in every edition of the tournament from 2006 onwards.
The coach, who led Portugal to Euro 2016 glory in France, left Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Renato Sanches out of the squad, bringing Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes instead.
“What is most important are the players who will go to the World Cup,” said Santos, refusing to discuss players who didn’t make the cut.
“The 26 (selected) think that justice has been done, and those who don’t go, the opposite.”
Santos called up uncapped Benfica centre-back Antonio Silva, 19, as well as 39-year-old Pepe.
The Porto defender…