Rafael Leao and Rui Patricio in Portugal’s World Cup squad, but no Mario Rui

Milan star Rafael Leao and Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio are the Italian representatives at the World Cup in Qatar for Portugal, along with a few former Serie A stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, but there’s no room for Mario Rui.

They are in Group H for the tournament and will begin against Ghana on November 24, then Uruguay on November 28, concluding with South Korea on December 2.

As expected, Milan striker and Serie A Player of the Year Rafael Leao is included, along with Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

However, Napoli left-back Mario Rui is left out along with Udinese centre-forward Beto, despite being present in the 55-man longlist.

Mario Rui had been tipped to participate in the competition, considering Napoli are top of the Serie A table and won their Champions League group.

The 31-year-old only has 12 senior caps for Portugal, but has been on excellent club form with six assists in 14 games.

That earned him a recall and he played the full 4-0 Nations League win over the Czech Republic in September.

There are quite a few former Serie A players involved, including Joao Mario, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot, Joao Cancelo, Andre Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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