Boa Morte earns surprise recall
West Ham winger Luis Boa Morte has been called up by Portugal for the first time in three years.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 30/05/09 5:27pm
West Ham winger Luis Boa Morte has been recalled to the Portugal squad for the first time in three years.
The 31-year-old was a surprise inclusion by coach Carlos Queiroz for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Albania and a friendly against Estonia.
Boa Morte last played for Portugal in a 2006 World Cup group game against Mexico and is one of six Premier League players in a 24-man squad.
"It's a great pleasure to return to the national team and I will do everything I can to respond to the vote of confidence this represents," Boa Morte told www.fpf.pt.
Chelsea trio Jose Bosingwa, Ricardo Carvalho, and Deco are also included, along with Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
Queiroz has freshened up his squad for the crucial game away to Albania on 6th June, when his side will aim to end a run of four games without a win, which has left them battling to qualify for the World Cup.
Portugal are seven points adrift of Denmark and Hungary in Group One and have five games remaining. They then travel to Tallinn for the Estonia friendly on 10th June.