The accomplished defender of Manchester United, Diogo Dalot, has recently announced his temporary withdrawal from the Portuguese national team before the upcoming crucial qualification matches for Euro 2024. This decision, confirmed by the reliable Sky Sports Sports Network journalist, Fabrizio Romano, is motivated by the joyous anticipation of his first child with his partner.
In an official statement, Manchester United specified that Diogo Dalot is leaving the national team for personal reasons, creating a gap in the team that will be filled by the young right-back from Porto, Joao Mario, poised to make his international debut.
While the Portuguese national team, under the guidance of coach Roberto Martinez, has already secured its place in the finals with a perfect run in Group 10, Dalot will miss the clashes against Liechtenstein and Iceland.
His Manchester United teammate, Bruno Fernandes, however, remains in the team, continuing to add to his impressive record of 61 international caps and 18 goals.
Diogo Dalot, who has played 16 matches with the Portuguese national team so far, has also left an indelible mark with 17 appearances for Manchester United this season, including a memorable goal against Sheffield United. His defensive contribution is also notable, having helped keep a clean sheet three times during this period.
In summary, Diogo Dalot’s temporary withdrawal, motivated by the imminent joy of fatherhood, represents a significant change for the Portuguese national team as they continue their path to Euro with determination, despite unexpected challenges.