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Liverpool: Coutinho Back In Brazil Fold

Liverpool: Coutinho Back In Brazil Fold

Philippe Coutinho has earned a deserved international recall as he looks to add to his paltry tally of just one cap...

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been named in the latest Brazil squad.

The call-up is just reward for the 22-year-old's superb form since arriving in England from Inter Milan for £8m in January 2013.

To date the creative maestro has earned just a single cap for his country and that was in a friendly against Iran back in 2010.

His selection is one of a number of changes by new coach Dunga, who replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari in the aftermath of the host nation's embarrassing 7-1 defeat by Germany at the World Cup.

In total only 10 players who were in that squad are retained with the likes of goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, Real Madrid's Marcelo and Tottenham midfielder Paulinho all left out.

Since moving to Anfield, Coutinho, who featured regularly for the Samba Stars at youth level, has made 51 appearances and scored eight goals.

Amongst a number of people to congratulate him since the news broke is Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

"Well deserved call-up for our little magician. Well done mate," remarked the Reds captain on social media site Instagram.

Despite the former Vasco da Gama man's inclusion, there is no place for club mate Lucas Leiva.

The 27-year-old's own disappointment didn't prevent him from saluting Coutinho as well though.

"My brother I know how much it means for you to have the chance to play for Brazil," commented the defensive midfielder. "Go there and show all your talent because you deserve this."

Lucas has won 24 caps and featured as recently as last year.

Dunga's 22-man squad will play friendlies with Colombia and Ecuador in the United States next month.

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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Wednesday August 20 2014
Time: 10:11AM

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