Francisco Neto names his Portugal squad for Euro 2017

The team are making their debut in the competition.

Francisco Neto names his Portugal squad for Euro 2017
Portuguese team in Algarve Cup 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Nascimento/Getty Images)

Portugal Women National Team coach Francisco Neto has selected the 23 players that will represent their nation in this month's EuropeanCchampionship.

The group of 23 players will spend a brief period in Portugal and travel to Holland next week, as they make their tournament debut.

The big news was midfielder Cristiana Garcia, from SC Braga, replacing Cláudia Lima, who was ruled out with injury. 

It's Portugal's first time at tbe tournament, having beaten Romania in a play-off last October. 

Thirteen of squad play in the Liga Feminina Allianz

One league was prolific in the squad list, with thirteen of the players competing in Portuguese football. Five of them play for Sporting CP, last seasons champion of the Allianz League, six at Braga SC and two at Benfica CF. In relation to those who play outside of Portugal, four players play in German football and the other six play in Brazil, Sweden, Iceland, Switzerland, United States and Spain.

Goalkeepers: Rute Costa (SC Braga), Patrícia Morais (Sporting SAD) and Jamila Martins (CF Benfica)

Defenders: Carole (BV Cloppenburg), Matilde Fidalgo (CF Benfica), Mónica Mendes (FC Neunkirch), Sílvia Rebelo (SC Braga) and Raquel Infante (Levante)

Midfielders: Amanda da Costa (Boston Breakers), Andreia Norton (SC Braga), Cláudia Neto (Linköpings FC), Dolores Silva (USV Jena), Tatiana Pinto (Sporting SAD), Fátima Pinto (Sporting SAD), Mélissa Antunes ) and Vanessa Marques (SC Braga).

Forwards: Ana Silva (Bayer Leverkusen), Ana Borges (Sporting SAD), Carolina Mendes (Grindavik FC), Diana Silva (Sporting SAD), Jéssica Silva (SC Braga), Laura Luís (USV Jena) and Suzane Pires (Santos FC) 

Portugal are in Group D of the competition and will face Spain in the group stage on 19 July in Doetinchem, Scotland on 23 July in Rotterdam and England on 27 in Tilburg.


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