Portugal coach Paulo Bento handed young
striker Nelson Oliveira a debut call-up in the squad for Wednesday's friendly
match against Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland in Warsaw, their last test before the
final tournament squad is named.
"Oliveira has not had a lot of minutes in the league for Benfica but he was
in the league cup and his characteristics are different from those of all other
strikers available, Helder Postiga, Hugo Almeida and Nuno Gomes," Bento told
journalists on Friday.
The mobile 20-year-old striker, dubbed 'Portugal's Cantona', is a fans'
favourite at Benfica though he has struggled to earn consistent first team
starts at the club because of strong competition from Paraguay striker Oscar
Cardozo and Spanish prospect Rodrigo.
"He could be one the players of the future of Portuguese football," Bento
added, saying his good performances at the 2011 Under-20 World Cup in Colombia,
where he scored four goals, were also behind the call-up.
"Many of the players chosen today will be at the Euros unless there is a
Portugal are in group B with the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany for Euro
2012, which Poland are co-hosting with Ukraine.
Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Eduardo (Benfica), Beto (Cluj).
Defenders: Joao Pereira (Sporting), Bruno Alves (Zenit St Petersburg), Fabio
Coentrao (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid), Nelson (Betis), Ricardo Costa
(Valencia), Rolando (Porto).
Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Granada), Joao Moutinho (Porto), Manuel
Fernandes (Besiktas), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Raul Meireles (Chelsea), Ruben
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Helder
Postiga (Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United), Nelson Oliveira (Benfica), Ricardo
Quaresma (Besiktas), Silvestre Varela (Porto).
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