Micael given debut chance

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has given FC Porto midfielder Ruben Micael another chance to make his debut for the national side after naming a 23-man squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Finland.

Micael, 24, has been selected for the squad once before but has yet to play for the national side.

Portugal, who sit second in Group H of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012 two points behind leaders Norway, face Chile on 26 March and Finland on 29 March.


Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Genoa), Ventura (Portimonense), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica), Joao Pereira (Sporting Lisbon), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto), Silvio (Sporting Braga)

Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Benfica), Joao Moutinho (FC Porto), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Paulo Machado (Toulouse), Raul Meireles (Liverpool), Ruben Micael (FC Porto)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Helder Postiga (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Varela (FC Porto)