Manchester United left-back Alex Telles named in Brazil squad with Fred
Manchester United full-back Alex Telles has been named in the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The 29-year-old hasn’t featured for his nation since November 2020, but he will be hoping to add to his four caps in the coming weeks.
Brazil, who have already qualified for this year’s 2022 World Cup, face Ecuador on 27 January and Paraguay on 2 February.
United’s number 27 will be competing with Juventus’ Alex Sandro for a place on the left-hand side of Tite’s side.
Reacting to his call-up, Telles posted on Instagram: “The feeling of that call was different. Excited and very motivated with this new opportunity to represent my country. Let’s go Brazil.”
Some of Telles’ Manchester United teammates also reacted to his recall on Instagram.
With Luke Shaw suspended for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa, Telles will get another opportunity to impress his national manager and United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
After five straight Premier League starts, the former Porto man has been an unused substitute for the last two top-flight matches and in Monday’s FA Cup win against Steven Gerrard’s side.
But a positive performance in the Midlands could see Telles once again regain control of the left-back spot which continues to change hands.
Telles’ United teammate Fred has also been named in the Brazil squad. He reacted on Twitter and said: “Another great opportunity. Thanks God!”
Unlike Fred and Telles, Edinson Cavani’s Uruguay are in danger of not qualifying for this winter’s competition.
Uruguay are currently seventh in the South America standings, one point off the qualification spots with four games remaining.
Each side will play two matches across January and February with the remaining two games taking place in March.
The qualifiers were rearranged following them being suspended last March due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions.
The matches were placed in jeopardy due to the refusal of top clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga to release their Europe-based stars in order to travel across for the qualifiers.
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