Inter’s Maniche was a surprise omission from Portugal’s squad for the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.
Former Porto and Benfica midfielder Maniche played in the Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006 finals and was a regular starter in Portugal’s qualifying campaign.
Scolari refused to explain his reasons for omitting the 30-year-old but said that he hopes to at least emulate Portugal’s runners-up spot of nfour years ago.
“The expectations are the same as in 2004,” Scolari said in a televised news conference.
“We have great quality to clinch the qualification in the first phase. I have total belief in this squad.
“Firstly, we plan a little change,” he explained. “We will choose a group of five captains so they can work together with other players by imposing what we believe to be correct.”.
Goalkeepers: Ricardo Pereira (Real Betis), Quim Silva (Benfica), Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Defenders: Miguel Monteiro (Valencia), Jose Bosingwa (Porto), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart), Bruno Alves (Porto), Pepe (Real Madrid), Jorge Ribeiro (Boavista)
Midfielders: Raul Meireles (Porto), Joao Moutinho (Sporting), Deco (Barcelona), Armando Petit (Benfica), Miguel Veloso (Sporting)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto), Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Nani (Manchester United), Helder Postiga (Panathinaikos)