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Portugal call up five new players

03 October 2014, 20:27

Lisbon - Portugal coach Fernando Santos has started his makeover of the national team by naming five new players and recalling three veterans Friday in his first squad selection.

Santos took over from Paulo Bento last month and is trying to turn around Portugal's recent dip in form, which included a 1-0 loss to Albania in its opening European Championship qualifier.

Santos turned to talented youngsters as he selected defenders Jose Fonte, Cedric and Ivo Pinto, and midfielders Adrien Silva and Joao Mario, who have never played for Portugal.

Also read: Portugal names Santos new coach

He also recalled three players in their 30s — Tiago, Danny and Ricardo Carvalho.

Santos is under an eight-game international ban for misconduct at the World Cup.

Portugal plays a friendly against France and a Euro 2016 qualifier against Denmark later this month.

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