Portugal v England - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – MARCH 28: Steven Sessegnon of England vs Francisco Trincao of Portugal during the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group D match. (Photo by Vid Ponikvar/Sportida/MB Media/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers’s summer signing Francisco Trincao is the latest selection for the Portugal national team.

The winger, on loan from Barcelona, is a recent addition due to fitness issues in the Selecao camp.

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In fact, it was an injury to a former Wolves player Pedro Goncalves – now at Sporting Lisbon – which has led to Trincao’s selection.

According to the Portugal national team’s official website, Goncalves was complaining about some pain during a warm-up session.

Trincao will now be involved in the 2022 World Cup qualification games.

Portugal’s first game is away to the Republic of Ireland. They then face Azerbaijan at home.

The international break also features a friendly against the hosts of the major tournament next year, Qatar.

 

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NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Francisco Trincao of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Wolves via Getty Images)

The call-up will be welcome news for Trincao after an excellent first month in the Premier League.

Despite being on the losing side for each game, Trincao has impressed fan and has been described as “class”.

The statistics back it up also. So far this season only four players have dribbled past more opponents than him.

Trincao arrived in June on loan from Spanish giants FC Barcelona with the option-to-buy.

The fee is roughly £25 million, although Wolves’ decision may not become clear until next year.

For now, he will join fellow Wolves players Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho for his national team.

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