LISBON, Portugal — Cristiano Ronaldo is getting a rest from Portugal's national team.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos left Ronaldo off his 23-man squad, instead picking newcomers Lucas Joao and Goncalo Guedes to face Russia on Nov. 14 and Luxembourg three days later.
Left back Ricardo Pereira also got first call-up. All three have come through national junior teams.
Santos said he wants to start trying out a new generation of players after Portugal qualified for the European Championship with seven wins and one defeat.
Defenders: Cedric (Southampton), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Pepe (Real Madrid), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Neto (Zenit St. Petersburg), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Llorient), Ricardo Pereira (Nice)