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Ronaldo back in Portugal squad after nine-month absence

AFP  |  Lisbon 

was named in defending European champions Portugal's squad on Friday nine months after his last international appearance at in

With Euro 2020 qualifiers against and coming up, has recalled Ronaldo, who has 85 goals in 154 international appearances.

He was rested for the last six games while he settled at new club Juventus, where the 34-year-old has silenced sceptics with a steady stream of goals and a hat-trick in Juve's 3-2 aggregate last-16 win over Atletico Madrid.

"After the I needed a break to settle in at Juventus," he said after the Atletico win.

"In the coming matches I hope to bring my contribution to the national side. I also miss that," told DAZN.

In his absence finished top of their group ahead of and and qualified for the inaugural Final Four tournament to be held in in June.

Ronaldo, the five-time world of the year, made a huge contribution to Portugal winning Euro 2016 in France, and he was also influential at the last World Cup, scoring four times including a hat-trick against in their run to the last 16.

Off the field, is facing rape allegations dating from 2009. In the latest development in the case, requested a DNA sample as part of their investigation.

Ronaldo claims he had a consensual relationship with a former model who lodged a complaint claiming she was raped at his hotel suite.

Portugal host in their opening Euro 2020 next Friday and then play at home the following Monday.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 20:35 IST