Manchester United full-back Alex Telles has been named to the Brazilian squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The 29-year-old has not played for his nation since November 2020 but is hoping to extend his four caps in the coming weeks.
Brazil, which has already qualified for this year’s World Cup 2022, will face Ecuador on January 27 and Paraguay on February 2.
United’s number 27 will battle for a place on the left of Tite’s side with Juventus’s Alex Sandro.
In response to his call-up, Telles posted on Instagram: “The feeling of this call was different. Excited and very motivated by this new opportunity to represent my country. Let’s go to Brazil. “
Some teammates from Telles Manchester United also responded to his call back on Instagram.
With Luke Shaw banned from traveling to Aston Villa on Saturday, Telles will have another opportunity to impress his United national coach and interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
After five Premier League starts in a row, the former Porto man was unused in the last two top division games and in the FA Cup win on Monday against Steven Gerrard’s team.
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However, a positive performance in the Midlands could result in Telles regaining control of the left-back seat, which continues to change hands.
Telles’ United team-mate Fred has also been called up to the Brazilian squad. He responded on Twitter saying, “Another great opportunity. Thank God!”
Unlike Fred and Telles, Edinson Cavani’s Uruguayans run the risk of not qualifying for the winter competition.
Uruguay are currently in seventh place in the South America standings, one point behind qualifying places in four remaining games.
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Each team will play two games in January and February, with the remaining two games taking place in March.
Qualifications have been rearranged after being suspended last March due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions.
The games have been put at risk due to the refusal of the top Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga clubs to release their Europe-based stars to travel to qualifying.
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