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Wolves star Jota wins first Portugal call-up – and Nuno’s reaction

Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed his pride in seeing Wolves forward Diogo Jota win his first call-up for the Portugal national team.

The 22-year-old makes the squad alongside Molineux team-mates Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho for the forthcoming fixtures against Ukraine and Serbia.

Jota gets his reward for his impressive club form which has seen him score six goals in 13 games since the start of December alongside 14-goal top scorer Raul Jimenez.

During his current run, the former Atletico Madrid attacker became the first Wolves player in 41 years to score a hat-trick in the top flight when he bagged a treble in the 4-3 home win against Leicester.

Nuno said: “I’m very happy for him to be called up national team. It’s a good reward. I hope everything goes well, not only for Diogo but for the others involved in the national teams.

I’m always supportive and very happy – it means a lot to us that our players go to the national teams and they play and represent their countries.

There’s nothing stronger or more important than to play for your country so we hope everything is OK.”

Jota signed for £12m last summer after being Wolves’ 18-goal top scorer when they won the Championship title last season.