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Cristiano and Pepe called up by Portugal, Coentrao left out

Atlético Madrid full back Silvio and Olympiakos midfielder Paulo Machado have earned call ups, while Valencia's Ricardo Costa and Besiktas centre-forward Hugo Almeida have been recalled.

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Portugal coach Paulo Bento has included Real Madrid players Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo in his squad for his side's friendly against Gabon on Wednesday, but has left out the full-back Fabio Coentrao.

Another player from La Liga to miss out is Málaga's Eliseu, despite his outstanding performances in the league and the Champions League.

The most notable players to have been called up are Atlético Madrid full back Silvio and Olympiakos midfielder Paulo Machado, while Valencia's Ricardo Costa and Besiktas centre-forward Hugo Almeida have been recalled to the squad.

The friendly with Gabón is Portugal's last game before their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Israel and Azerbaijan, which are both must-win games after losing to Russia in Moscow and unexpectedly drawing with Northern Ireland in Portugal.

Portugal squad to face Gabon:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo (Istanbul BB).

Defenders: Nelson (Real Betis), Luís Neto (Siena), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Sílvio (Atlético Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Bruno Alves (Porto), Pepe (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Custódio (Braga), Moutinho (Porto), Veloso (Dínamo Kiev), Machado (Olympiakos), Rubén Amorim (Braga), Rubén Micael (Braga).

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hélder Postiga (Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United), Pizzi (Deportivo de La Coruña), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Varela (Porto), Éder (Braga).

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