Brazil call up Madrid’s emerging star, Vinicius Jr for the first time
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Brazil call up Madrid’s emerging star, Vinicius Jr for the first time

Brazil call up Madrid’s emerging star, Vinicius Jr for the first time

The Real Madrid star will be hoping to make his senior international debut following an impressive first season in Spain that has seen him emerge as one of the club’s most important players under new coach Santiago Solari.

Real Madrid’s forward Vinicius Jr. was called into the Brazil squad for the first time on Thursday and will travel for March friendlies against Panama and the Czech Republic.

The European champions paid Flamengo a reported fee of 46 million euros (39 million pounds) for the 16-year old in 2017.

This was in spite of the fact that he had made just two substitute appearances for the Rio club.

He moved to the Spanish capital last year.

“He’s at a very demanding club,” national coach Tite told reporters of the 18-year-old Vinicius. “I want to give him that growth, affirmation and evolution.

“(With) him participating, being in the dressing-room, feeling the weight of the yellow jersey, is important.”

Team captain Neymar is missing from the squad due to a foot injury that has kept him out the Paris St Germain (PSG) side since January.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho and Real Madrid full-back Marcelo were also left out.

Among players recalled were Porto defender Eder Militao, AC Milan’s young attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta and Daniel Alves of PSG.

Brazil play Panama in the Portuguese city of Porto on March 23 and face the Czech Republic in Prague three days later.

The five-time world champions have won all six of their games since being knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the quarter-final stage in Russia last July.

Their next competitive matches will come in the Copa America, which kicks off in Sao Paulo in June.

 

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