Portugal makes 9 changes from its last Euro 2016 squad

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal coach Fernando Santos has made nine changes to his squad from his last European Championship qualifying match, with five coming in midfield.

Daniel Carrico won his first call-up Monday and will join the backline, which will be without injured Real Madrid defender Pepe.

Silvestre Varela is back will return to the attack for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. Beto becomes one of the three goalkeeping choices.

Portugal plays its next qualifier in Armenia on June 13 and meets Italy in a friendly on June 16.

Portugal leads Group I with nine points from four games, two more than Denmark and Albania, which share second place. The top two teams in each group qualify automatically for the tournament in France.