Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid left out of Brazil squad as Phillipp Coutinho earns recall

Vinicius Junior left out of Brazil squad as Phillipp Coutinho earns recall

Real Madrid left-winger Vinicius Junior has been left out of Brazil’s squad for November’s double-header of World Cup qualifiers, despite impressing for Real Madrid with his recent form.

The 21-year-old left-winger has seven goals and three assists in 13 appearances for Real Madrid this season, including an incredible well played game strike in last week’s 5-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Vinicius Junior 10 direct goal involvements is the most of any Brazilian player from Europe’s top five leagues, but he is not part of Tite’s plans for the games with Colombia and Argentina.

Tite has instead recalled Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who has one goal and zero assists across 10 outings in all competitions this season.

The most recent of Coutinho’s 63 caps for his country came against Peru in October 2020.

Leeds United winger Raphinha and Ajax prodigy Antony are also part of the Selecao’s 23-man group.

Fabinho is one of three Liverpool players to have been called, along with Roberto Firmino and Alisson, despite Jürgen Klopp saying on Friday he is “concerned” about a knee injury that will keep the midfielder out for a third game running this weekend.

Brazil have won 10 and drawn one of their opening 11 CONMEBOL qualifiers and lead the way at the top of the standings, with their place at Qatar 2022 potentially being confirmed next month.

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Brazil squad: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Gabriel Chapeco (Gremio); Danilo (Juventus), Emerson Royal (Tottenham), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Renan Lodi (Atlético Madrid), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Lucas Verissimo (Benfica), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Chelsea); Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Gerson (Marseille), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona); Antony (Ajax), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Matheus Cunha (Atlético Madrid), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphinha (Leeds United).

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