Francisco Neto calls 23 for the start of qualifying for Euro2021

National women’s soccer coach Francisco Neto has today called up 23 players for their Euro2021 qualifying group E debut against Albania and their preparatory match against England.

Of the athletes called for the start of the qualifying round, the highlight goes to Andreia Faria, Benfica midfielder who was first called to the Portuguese national team, which currently occupies the 30th place in the world ranking.

Portugal starts their Euro2021 qualifying campaign with a visit to Albania on 4 October, and four days later receive the fifth-placed FIFA World Cup qualifier and host of the next European Championship, England, at the UEFA Bonfim, in Setúbal, in preparation game.

The national team is seeking their second appearance in a European category after having made their finals debut at the Euro2017, which took place in the Netherlands, for which the ‘kinas’ team qualified through a play-off.

In addition to Albania, 78th in the women’s hierarchy, Portugal still have ahead in group E Scotland, Finland and Cyprus.

The Portuguese side is the only players to have yet to play in Group E, with Scotland and Finland adding three points after beating Cyprus and Albania in the first round respectively.

List of summoned:
– Goalkeeper: Rute Costa (Sporting Braga), Patrícia Morais (Sporting) and Inês Pereira (Sporting).
– Defenders: Matilde Fidalgo (Manchester City), Ana Borges (Sporting), Carole Costa (Sporting), Raquel Infante (Benfica), Diana Gomes (Sporting Braga), Silvia Rebelo (Benfica), Monica Mendes (AC Milan) and Joana Marchão (Sporting).
– Averages: Tatiana Pinto (Sporting), Inês Maia (Sporting Braga), Dolores Silva (Sporting Braga), Andreia Norton (Inter Milan), Fatima Pinto (Sporting), Andreia Faria (Benfica), Claudia Neto ( Wolfsburg) and Vanessa Marques (Sporting Braga).
– Forwards: Carolina Mendes (Sporting), Jessica Silva (Lyon), Mélissa Gomes (Reims) and Diana Silva (Sporting).
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