LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is again on Portugal’s nationwide football workforce for the primary time because the International Cup.

Ronaldo was once incorporated in trainer Fernando Santos’ workforce Friday for upcoming fits in opposition to Ukraine and Serbia, its first qualifiers for the Eu Championship.

They are going to be the 34-year-old Ronaldo’s first video games for his nation because the International Cup in June, and because he was once accused of rape in the USA. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“Cristiano is the most productive participant on the planet who’s returning to his workforce,” Santos stated. “He makes any workforce higher.”

Portugal will play Ukraine on March 22 and Serbia on March 25 in Lisbon.

Ronaldo is Europe’s main global scorer with 85 objectives for Portugal. He’s additionally Portugal’s maximum skilled participant with 154 appearances.

Ronaldo’s closing recreation for Portugal was once a 2-1 loss to Uruguay within the closing 16 of the International Cup. With out him, Portugal had 3 wins and 3 attracts and reached the overall section of the UEFA Countries League, which will probably be held in June in Portugal.

Since his closing look for Portugal, Ronaldo has moved from Actual Madrid to Juventus. He scored a hat trick to lend a hand Juventus achieve the Champions League quarterfinals with a Three-Zero win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Portugal gained the 2016 Eu Championship regardless of Ronaldo getting injured throughout the overall in opposition to France.

“We wish to protect our name,” Santos stated.

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Portugal

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Beto (Goztepe), Jose Sa (Olympiakos)

Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Rui (Napoli)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), William Carvalho (Actual Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Wearing Lisbon), Joao Mario (Inter Milan), Joa Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Pizzi (Benfica)

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Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester Town), Joao Felix (Benfica), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Andre Silva (Sevilla), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dyego Sousa (Braga)

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