Menu Close

Nuno in warning to Wolves international stars

Nuno Espirito Santo has sent a ‘good luck’ message to Wolves’ players on international duty and warned them to come back fit.

Wolves have 10 players in action for their countries over the next week, with Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota called up by Portugal, Raul Jimenez with Mexico, Matt Doherty with Ireland, Leander Dendoncker with Belgium, Romain Saiss linking up with Morocco, Ruben Vinagre with Portugal Under-20s and Morgan Gibbs-White with England Under-19s.

In addition, Under-23s midfielder Elliot Watt is also in Portugal with Scotland Under-19s for three games.

Nuno waved goodbye to his international-bound players after the epic FA Cup win against Manchester United and will not see them again until Wednesday or Thursday next week, as Wolves prepare to go to Burnley on the Saturday.

We have 10 players that have gone to play for their national teams now so our wish is for them to enjoy themselves, play well, and come back healthy,” said head coach Nuno.

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 has been called up for the full Portugal squad for the first time after scoring seven goals in his last 14 games in all competitions and Nuno is especially pleased for the 22-year-old.

I’m very happy for him to be called up national team. It’s a good reward and well deserved,” he added.

I hope everything goes well, not only for Diogo but for the others involved in the national teams.”

Jota’s Portuguese quartet in the full squad begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a double-header in Lisbon against Ukraine and Serbia on Friday and Monday.

Dendoncker is also beginning qualifications, hosting Russia on Thursday before a trip to Cyprus three days later.

Mick McCarthy’s Ireland squad begin Euro 2020 qualification in Gibraltar on Saturday and continue at home to Georgia on Tuesday.

Mexico face two friendlies in California against Chile on Friday and Paraguay on Tuesday.

Saiss is looking forward to Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Malawi on Friday and at home to Argentina on Tuesday.

Vinagre is hoping to feature in two friendlies with Portugal’s Under-20s in Germany and at home to England.

Gibbs-White faces a triple header of Euro Under-19 Championship qualifiers at St George’s Park against Czech Republic, Greece and Denmark, today, Saturday and Tuesday respectively.