Philippe Coutinho has been recalled to the Brazilian national squad, just weeks after being axed by manager Dunga.
According to reports in the Daily Mirror, the Liverpool midfielder has been invited back to the squad following injuries to Chelsea players Oscar and Ramires. Barcelona’s Rafinha is the other player to be called up.
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Coutinho was initially dropped from the squad following Brazil’s underwhelming showing at this summer’s Copa America, where they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Paraguay, but his impressive start to the season with Liverpool has now encouraged Dunga to reverse his decision.
This all means that the 23-year-old will join Reds teammate Roberto Firmino for the games against Costa Rica on September 5 and the USA on September 8. Liverpool then play Manchester United four days later.
There were plenty of raised eyebrows when Coutinho was dropped from the squad just days after his superb winning goal against Stoke City in the Premier League. And now it seems the Brazil boss has finally seen sense.
We just hope that it doesn’t cost us come our trip to Old Trafford.