The Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has named a powerful squad for next week's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier in Armenia, although there is no place for Manchester United FC recruit Nani alongside his returning club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nani, bought for €25.5m, will remain with Rui Caçador's Under-21 squad for their friendly in Malta, although his former Sporting Clube de Portugal colleague Miguel Veloso has been promoted to the senior ranks having impressed during June's UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Ronaldo is back after suspension, although Petit misses out for that reason and fellow midfielder Hugo Viana is injured.
Ricardo Carvalho, Simão Sabrosa and Nuno Gomes will travel to Yerevan after recovering from injury, while SC Braga striker João Tomás is included once again. Portugal are one of three clubs on 14 points in Group A, five points behind the leaders Poland who have played two games more.
Goalkeepers: Ricardo (Real Betis Balompié
, Quim (SL Benfica).
Defenders: Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart), Jorge Andrade (Juventus), José Bosingwa (FC Porto), Miguel (Valencia CF), Caneira (Valencia CF), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea FC), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea FC).
Midfielders: Deco (FC Barcelona), João Moutinho (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Raúl Meireles (FC Porto), Tiago (Juventus).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC), Hélder Postiga (FC Porto), João Tomás (SC Braga), Nuno Gomes (SL Benfica), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), Simão Sabrosa (Club Atlético de Madrid).