Portugal manager Fernando Santos has named his latest international squad and somewhat controversially, there is no place for Wolverhampton Wanderers star Nelson Semedo.
The Euro 2016 winners and current Nations League champions have three World Cup qualifying games coming up against Azerbaijan, Serbia and Luxembourg.
There are call-ups for Wolves stars Rui Patricio (who will need clearing to play after being stretchered off with a nasty head injury last night against Liverpool), Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Pedro Neto.
But Semedo, who has 16 caps, has been overlooked this time around.
Santos has instead plumped for Manchester City star Joao Cancelo and Cedric Soares of Arsenal as his right-back options.
The snub comes despite Semedo really improving at Molineux of late.
It was undoubtedly a tricky first half of the season for the 27-year-old but since the turn of the year, he’s been much better and defensively more solid.
Given the large Portuguese contingent at Molineux, it’s reasonable to assume that Santos will have watched a good number of Wolves’ games, so he has surely noticed the level Semedo has shown.
But he misses out which will be gutting for the player, who will no doubt hope to play at the European Championships this summer.
On social media, some Wolves fans were quite surprised by the decision:
no semedo? interesting
— Jonah Kielty-Collins (@JonahKielty) March 16, 2021
Will Rui still travel after last night? Also, very harsh on Nelson. How is Cedric ahead of him?!
— Tony Wilde 🐺 (@TonyWilde99) March 16, 2021
Where is semedo https://t.co/h0ShLUo8Ta
— Adam #GetWellSoonRui 🐺 (@WWFCAdam_) March 16, 2021
Cedric over Semedo 🤣🤣🤣
— Lewis 🐺 (@lewis_wwfc7) March 16, 2021
Patricio, Neves, Neto and Moutinho in the Portugal squad for the upcoming international break.
— Josh Holland (@JoshHolland_) March 16, 2021
Harsh on Semedo, yes he was pretty ropey for Wolves initially but he’s getting better and better. Does Cedric even play that much? Great to see Neto in the mix considering all the competition.
— SiobhanC1 (@SiobhanC1) March 16, 2021