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June 1, 2010

Pepe included in final Portugal cut

Pepe has been included in Portugal's final 23-man World Cup squad despite having been out of action since December.

Pepe, Portugal
GettyImagesPepe celebrates Portugal's qualification

The Real Madrid defender has been working his way back from a serious knee injury suffered against Valencia on December 12. But he passed a fitness test with the national team and joins club colleague Cristiano Ronaldo in the party.

Pepe's inclusion means there is no place in the squad for Deportivo La Coruna defender Ze Castro, who was the one name cut from the 24-man party originally named by coach Carlos Queiroz.

Portugal squad: Eduardo (Braga), Beto (Porto), Daniel Fernandes (Iraklis); Duda (Malaga), Bruno Alves (Porto), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Miguel (Valencia), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Rolando (Porto), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Lille); Deco (Chelsea), Tiago (Atletico Madrid), Raul Meireles (Porto), Pedro Mendes (Sporting Lisbon), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon); Nani (Manchester United), Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Danny (Zenit St Petersburg), Liedson (Sporting Lisbon).