Diogo Jota has unsurprisingly been named in Portugal’s squad for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.
Fernando Santos named his very impressive 26-man final squad for the tournament last night. As expected, Liverpool forward Jota has made the cut.
The only concern was a foot injury that saw him miss Liverpool’s last two games. However, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he will be fit for the Euros, much to Santos’ delight.
Portugal will be one of the tournament favourites, despite being placed in the undoubted group of death. They will have a tough time of things in Group F as they face off against the winners of the last two World Cups, France and Germany, plus probable-whipping boys Hungary.
However, Portugal enter the competition as reigning champions having won Euro 2016. They also have one of the very best squads around.
£41m man Jota (BBC) is a huge part of that. He joins eight other Premier League stars in the final-26.
These are Manchester City trio Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva, Jota’s former Wolves teammates Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, plus Wolves’ summer signing Nelson Semedo. The final Premier League player in the squad is Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.
Jota has a good chance of gaining a major international honour
Many Liverpool fans will be hoping that Portugal will win the Euros as Jota may be one of the only Reds playing at them.
Any non-England-supporting Liverpool fans may only have Jota, Andy Robertson and Thiago to cheer on this summer. Gini Wijnaldum, Ozan Kabak, Xherdan Shaqiri and Neco Williams should also be involved, but there is a chance that none of them go into next season as Liverpool players.
Luckily, Jota and Portugal have a great chance of winning the tournament.
The attacking talent in the squad is simply frightening, while Dias will ensure that the backline is solid too.
Jota will have his work cut out to gain a starting place. He has Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix and Andre Silva for competition in the front three. Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Pedro Goncalves will also be hoping to start in attacking midfield roles.
Moutinho, Neves, William Carvalho, Danilo Perreira and Liverpool-linked Renato Sanches will battle it out to provide stability in midfield.
In Joao Cancelo and Raphael Guerreiro, Portugal also have two of the best fullbacks in Europe.
On talent alone, Santos’ side have a great chance of winning Euro 2020. Diogo Jota will undoubtedly have a big part to play.