Fred has linked up with the Brazil national team as he looks to try and put Manchester United’s bitter Europa League final defeat behind him.

Midfielder Fred was called up to the Selecao last month for the first time since 2018.

He is in Brazil’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador next Saturday and Paraguay the following Wednesday.

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Fred’s involvement for his country is a personal boost to him after spending three years in the international wilderness.

Manager Tite told ESPN last month, explaining Fred’s call-up: “It’s because of his performances. The high level that he has been showing at United, a team that is runner-up in the Premier League.”

Copa America boost

Fred will be hoping he can do enough to earn a spot in Brazil’s Copa America squad. Few changes are expected between the squads.

 

The tournament will go ahead, BBC Sport reported at the weekend, and importantly for Fred, it will take place in Brazil.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina. Colombia was removed as hosts amid protests sweeping the country, and Argentina has just gone into Covid lockdown, causing fears the tournament could be cancelled.

Despite Brazil’s own questionable Covid response, the country has been awarded the opportunit to host the tournament at this late stage, which is scheduled to begin as soon as June 15.

Providing the tournament goes ahead as planned, this will be a great opportunity for Fred, to establish himself in Brazil’s squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

United teammate Alex Telles did not make the World Cup qualifying squad, although will be on standby in case injuries or other reasons lead to him being called into the Copa America squad.

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