Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz recalled in-form midfielder Maniche on Thursday as he named his 23-man squad for next month's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers.
Atletico Madrid player Maniche was a shining light in his club side's 4-0 demolition of German outfit Schalke 04 in a UEFA Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.
Winning his first cap for the games against Malta (6 September) and Denmark (10 September) is 22-year-old Yannick Djalo of Sporting Lisbon.
There was no room for FC Porto's Ricardo Quaresma, who is lacking match fitness, and injured Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Daniel Fernandes (Bochum/GER), Eduardo (Sporting Braga), Quim (Benfica)
Bosingwa (Chelsea/ENG), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea/ENG), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea/ENG), Bruno Alves (FC Porto), Fernando Meira (Galatasaray/TUR), Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Antunes (Lecce/ITA), Miguel (Valence/ESP)
Deco (Chelsea/ENG), Raul Meireles (FC Porto), Carlos Martins (Benfica), Joao Moutinho (Sporting Portugal), Simao (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Danny (Dinamo Moscow/RUS), Nani (Manchester/ENG), Pedro Mendes (Glasgow Rangers/SCO), Maniche (Atletico Madrid/ESP)
Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Yannick (Sporting Portugal), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen/GER)