Fernando Santos explained the call of Rúben Dias, Benfica’s central defender who is making his debut in the squad for the 2018 World Cup with Egypt and the Netherlands.
“You are playing regularly and it seemed important to me. You have to know the players personally, you can not play well or less well. You can play well in your team, in a given game model and with a certain coach, but in the Seleção you have to adapt to our strategy. So it is best to have a contact with him. And (it was also called) for quality, no quality was not here, “he explained at a press conference, recalling the other options he has for the center of defense:
“Roland is also a debut, had never been called by me. Edgar Ié and Ricardo Ferreira were called in November, also this Luís Neto. Pepe (injured) at this moment can not be and it is important to analyze all the possibilities of choice. Pedro Mendes was also observed.
Asked if the call of Reuben Dias is part of a policy of rejuvenation of the National Team, Fernando Santos shot: “Old are the rags. I do not have old players. Ricardo Carvalho was in the European with 37 years and was an influential player. That’s not where I make my selection criteria. “