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Southampton's Cédric looking forward to Portugal link up with Fonte

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Southampton full back Cédric Soares is looking forward to continuing his defensive partnership with José Fonte at the European Championships

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesCédric in action for Portugal against Denmark

Southampton full back Cédric Soares has said he is looking forward to playing alongside club teammate José Fonte at this summer’s European Championships in France.

Cédric and Fonte are both involved in the Portuguese national set up heading into the tournament which kicks off next Friday.

Jose Fonte celebrates with team mates after scoring the third goal for Southampton
Jose Fonte will play alongside Cédric at this summer's European Championships 

The two Saints defenders have 21 caps between them, with both having made their debuts for the national side within weeks of each other in October and November of 2014.

Southampton's Cedric Soares in actionCédric plays alongside Fonte for Southampton

And having teammate Fonte is a something of a boost, Cédric told Southampton’s YouTube channel.

“Jose is a player I know from the club.

“I play every day with him, I train with him, he is a fantastic human being as well.

“It is a pleasure to being play with him once again

“We have a fantastic spirit also between us two

"I know him very well on the pitch and of course this helps a lot.”

Cédric did not feature in Portugal’s 1-0 defeat to England on Thursday night, however José Fonte was called into action after starting centre-half Bruno Alves was sent off for a ludicrous challenge on Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Southampton's Jose Fonte sustains an injury after this challenge from Everton's Arouna KoneFonte in action for Southampton

However, both Fonte and Cédric are expected to play crucial roles for Portugal at this summer’s tournament, providing the basis from which superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo can shine.

Cédric joined Southampton from Sporting back in the summer of last year, and he has enjoyed a positive start to his career on the south coast, making 24 league appearances.

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