Andreas Pereira Gets First Call Up To Brazil National Team
After an impressive pre season for Manchester United and a good opening Premier League game against Leicester City, midfielder Andreas Pereira has earned his first international call up, for Brazil.
The Premier League season is just a week old, other European leagues haven't even started yet and the World Cup feels like it was yesterday and somehow like a distant dream all at the same time.
And yet with all of that in play thoughts of international football will soon be on the near horizon as the first international break of the new season is less than a month away.
Having failed to live up to their position as favourites in Russia, being knocked out by Belgium in the quarter finals, it is another rebuilding job for Brazil and their manager Tite, although not quite in the drastic fashion of four years ago.
The Selecao face USA and El Salvador in friendlies at the beginning of September and the national team manager has sprung a few surprises in his first post World Cup squad.
Gabriel Jesus has gone from being first choice striker at the tournament to not even in the squad and in midfield there are two surprises from England's top tier.
Manchester United's Andreas Pereira is in the 24 as is Liverpool new boy Fabinho, who has been included as a full back:
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- Alisson, Hugo, Neto
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- Alex Sandro, Filipe Luis, Fagner, Fabinho
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- Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Dedé, Felipe
Midfielders (1/2)- Brazil Football :flag_br: (@BrazilEdition) August 17, 2018
- Casemiro, Fred, Arthur
Midfielders (2/2)- Brazil Football :flag_br: (@BrazilEdition) August 17, 2018
- Andreas Pereira, Lucas Paquetá, Coutinho, Renato Augusto.
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- Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Pedro, Willian, Douglas Costa, Everton
Pereira may be the biggest surprise of the three. The 22 year old was on loan at Valencia last season but with many of United's big names still on holiday during the tour to America he played a leading role in the centre of the pitch.
He played against Leicester showing maturity and composure as the most defensive of a midfield three. He has previously represented Belgium at under 15, 16 and 17 level before switching to Brazil for under 20s and 23s.
Jesus is the big loser, and is joined by Marcelo and Miranda falling out of the World Cup squad, having had a poor time in Russia.
Many thought Roberto Firmino should have started in the tournament and the Manchester City forward has paid for a lack of goals.
Lucas Paquetá, Arthur, Dedé, Everton, Pedro and Hugo are the other players to have missed out on the World Cup but been included for the upcoming games.