Everton winger Richarlison has finally had his dream come true. The youngster grew up watching the exploits of the Seleção and wanted nothing more than to represent his nation at the senior level.
When the national team was announced on the day before the Blues took on Southampton, he was not in the Brazil squad and his disappointment was palpable in interviews. However, an injury to Fluminense striker Pedro over the weekend has now opened the door for the 21-year-old, and he has been officially named to the team that will take on the United States national team (USMNT) on Friday 7th September and El Salvador four days later.
Richarlison, do Everton, está convocado e vai assumir a vaga de Pedro, desconvocado por lesão. Bem-vindo! #SeleçãoBrasileira #GigantesPorNatureza pic.twitter.com/soKgWIi2TZ— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) August 27, 2018
Speaking to outlet UOL Esporte (via SportsMole) after missing a call-up the first time, Richarlison said -
“I was really looking forward to the call for Friday. I watched with great anticipation, but unfortunately it was not this time.
“I can not say why [I have not been called], there are 24 names and it’s difficult for the coach to choose, I’ll keep working to be on the next list.
“I feel more prepared, I already know the rhythm and style of the Premier League, which helps me on the way to the achievements. I want to be the top scorer of the league, take Everton back to the Champions League and therefore reach the Brazilian national team.”
Richarlison is suspended for the Blues next three games after being sent off over the weekend, so there will be no issue with fatigue for the winger who is out for Everton’s first game after the international break at home against West Ham United.
I know I've made a mistake and there's some lessons to learn about yesterday... And I'm learning on the hardest way. I apologize to my club, team-mates and fans— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) August 26, 2018