Cédric 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 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.
Cédric 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.
Fonte 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.