Philippe Coutinho has been rewarded for his outstanding season by being called up for Brazil’s squad for the upcoming Copa America. However, there was no place in the side for Chelsea playmaker Oscar, who misses the tournament through injury.
After making his international debut in 2010, Coutinho struggled to get an opportunity under former boss Luis Felipe Scolari, and thus, missed out on featuring in last year’s home World Cup. But since Scolari was sacked, and Dunga returned as coach, the midfielder has been brought back into the fold, and became an important part of his plans. He was selected to start the country’s previous game, against Chile at the Emirates in March.
The Brazilian magician has been in fantastic form, and has been a real bright spark in a difficult season for us. His creative play, as well as his stunning goals against Manchester City and Southampton, have made him one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ team-sheet. He was subsequently rewarded by being included in the PFA Team of the Year.
Brazil’s group for the competition includes Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.