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Eder and Nani miss out on Portugal World Cup squad

AFP  |  Lisbon 

Forwards and were surprise absentees from Portugal's squad with opting instead for the youth of and to play alongside superstar

Also missing from the 23-man squad was who, like and Nani, played at won by the Portuguese.

Injured was also missing from the line-up.

At 33, five-time Ballon d'Or winner and 34-year-old are the only players over 30 in the Portuguese attack.

scored the extra-time winning goal in the Euro 2016 final against but he was desperately out of form for Lokomotiv Moscow this season, scoring just four goals as his club side claimed the title.

Nani, 31 and his country's third most-capped behind and with 112 appearances, has played just 24 matches all season with

"From a human perspective, it's very hard to discard players who were with us at Euro 2016," admitted 63-year-old Santos.

"They have all contributed to writing a brilliant chapter in the history of Portuguese football. But I had to make choices that for me make a better puzzle."

Winger Guedes, 21, has impressed on loan at from Saint-Germain this season, having struggled in last term.

Andre Silva, 22, scored eight goals in 14 games during campaign, which proved enough to see him called up despite only starting seven matches.

Santos called up 21-year-old defender for the first time, but youngster missed out despite a breakthrough season in with 13 goals from midfield.

also failed to make the final list, despite starting a friendly win in March over

are in Group B at the World Cup, which starts in on June 14, along with former champions Spain, and

Before the finals, they will play friendlies against Tunisia, and

squad: Goalkeepers: (Lyon/FRA), (Goztepe/TUR), (Sporting Lisbon) Defenders: (Glasgow Rangers/SCO), (Southampton/ENG), Jos? Fonte (Dalian Yifang/CHN), (Napoli/ITA), (Besiktas/TUR), (Borussia Dortmund/GER), (FC Porto), (Benfica) Midfielders: (Leicester City/ENG), (Sporting Lisbon), (West Ham/ENG), (Monaco/FRA), (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), (Sporting Lisbon), (Manchester City/ENG) Attackers: (AC Milan/ITA), (Real Madrid/ESP), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), (Valencia/ESP - on loan from Saint-Germain/FRA), (Besiktas/TUR).

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 10:00 IST