Vinícius Júnior is experiencing his best moments with Real Madrid this season. The 21-year-old has ten goals in 17 appearances for Los Blancos this season, so some will believe that the forward is an easy call-up for the Brazil national team.
However, that’s not the case. During this month’s FIFA window, Vinícius didn’t receive a call-up for the World Cup qualifying matches. The Real Madrid forward only played for Brazil following an injury to Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.
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In an interview with Marca, Vinícius discussed not being part of the initial round of qualifying matches in November, which was a controversial decision by the national team manager Tite. The Brazilian tactician preferred other wingers such as Leeds United’s Raphinha and Ajax’s Antony.
“I am not surprised that Brazil does not call me. There are many players, and I am very young. There are more experienced ones. I am happy for these two games with the national team, and I would like to be in the next World Cup,” Vinícius said.
Vinícius will want to use the remaining games this season to continue improving his form and display qualities that Tite can’t leave him off the Brazil squad for the World Cup next year in Qatar.