Cristiano Ronaldo is still part of the Portugal squad despite his recent absence, according to coach Fernando Santos.
Portugal made sure of a place in the Nations League Finals as they scraped a fortuitous 0-0 draw away to a dominant Italy on Saturday.
Portugal head coach Fernando Santos and Juventus have both offered unwavering support to Cristiano Ronaldo after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner ‘firmly denied’ a rape allegation.
Andre Silva stepped up and scored the decisive goal as Portugal began their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win over Italy to take control of League A’s Group 3.
Portugal head coach Fernando Santos says his side’s third World Cup group game is not a case of Cristiano Ronaldo versus Iran as he warned his players of the tough contest awaiting them.