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Boa Morte selected for Portugal

last updated Friday 20th May 2005, 5:41 PM
Fulham midfielder Luis Boa Mort
Fulham midfielder Luis Boa Mort

Fulham midfielder Luis Boa Morte has been selected for the Portugal squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with Slovakia and Estonia next month.

The match with Slovakia at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz takes place on June 4 and the game with Estonia in Tallinn four days later.

Luis Figo makes his much-heralded return to International football following the former FIFA World Player of the Year agreeing to return to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side for the World Cup qualifiers

Figo has not represented his country since featuring in the side that lost the Euro 2004 final to Greece.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea duo Ricardo Carvalho and Tiago are also included.

The squad is also notable for a call-up for Vitoria Guimaraes winger Alex who gets the nod for the first time.

“Figo is a great player who still has a lot to offer the national side,” Scolari told a press conference. “He will be welcomed with open arms by everyone.

“Alex has had a good season this year and I have to congratulate his club coach Manuel Machado for everything he has done with the player who he has used in a new position and has played superbly.”

The match with Slovakia pits together the two leading teams in the group and the Portuguese Football Federation website reports it will be handled by Italian referee Pierluigi Collina in what could be his last major appearance.

Portugal squad:
Ricardo (Sporting Lisbon), Quim (Benfica); Nuno Valente (Porto), Jorge Andrade (Deportivo La Coruna), Miguel (Benfica), Fernando Meira (Stuttgart), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Jorge Ribeiro (Dinamo Moscow), Nuno Frechaut (Dinamo Moscow), Marco Caneira (Valencia), Ricardo Costa (Porto); Alex (Guimaraes), Petit (Benfica), Luis Boa Morte (Fulham), Simao Sabrosa (Benfica), Maniche (Porto), Costinha (Porto), Deco (Barcelona), Manuel Fernandes (Benfica), Tiago (Chelsea), Luis Figo (Real Madrid); Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Pedro Pauleta (Paris St Germain), Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto), Helder Postiga (Porto)

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