Wolves star Jose Sa has been called up by the Portugal national team for their next two World Cup qualifiers.

Fernando Santos’ side are taking on Ireland and Serbia on Thursday 11th November and Sunday 14th respectively.

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Portugal are all but through to the finals in Qatar – it is just a question of who finishes top and who finishes as runners-up.

Portugal sit second on 16 points, just one behind Serbia. The game on Sunday between the two nations has the potential to be cracker.

Wolves stopper Sa will now be joining his Molineux teammates Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Nelson Semedo for the two matches.

He has been called up by Santos as a replacement for the injured Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

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Jose Sa (Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

It is no less than Sa deserves.

The man has been absolutely key to Wolves’ recent rise up the Premier League table.

He has showcased a brilliant all-round game at Molineux since his arrival, and is already a big hit with the fans.


Sa going in the right direction for a first Portugal cap

Sa has actually been called up by Portugal before.

In May 2017 he was called up to the squad for the first time for that year’s Confederations Cup. But he didn’t play.

He has since been called up on a number of occasions by Santos, most recently in March of this year for qualifiers against Azerbaijan, Serbia and Luxembourg.

But Sa has still not actually taken to the field for his country at senior level.

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Jose Sa (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

It remains to be seen whether he’ll get that elusive first cap this time around.

Former Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio is still a firm favourite with Santos, but the veteran’s form has not been great in recent weeks with AS Roma.

There is also FC Porto’s Diogo Costa hoping for a chance.

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