Andreas Pereira has been called up to Brazil’s Under-20 squad for a tournament in China this June and has admitted it is a dream come true for him.
The 18-year-old made it clear earlier this season that he wanted to pledge his allegiance to Brazil despite having dual nationality with Belgium, and he has been rewarded for his performances with Manchester United’s Under-21s.
Pereira might not have had the most blistering of seasons but when he is on form, Pereira is a delight to watch as Liverpool found out in the Under-21s semi-final at Anfield when he scored the only goal of the game:
Alexander Gallo, coach of Brazil’s Under-20 side, is looking forward to seeing what Pereira can do in this new environment which should challenge him.
“He is a quick player with good technique who plays centrally but can also play on the wings,” he told Globo Esporte.
“We saw him train, talked to the manager of Manchester United, the director, then watched the games and came to the conclusion that we want to see his performances for Brazil.
“He now has everything set up so it will be good to see how he behaves in another environment.”
This does not mean Pereira has to pledge his allegiance to Brazil just yet as it is only one of their youth sides but it is a big step in his career progression to receive this call-up.
Hopefully, he can make the most of the opportunity.
— Andreas Pereira (@andrinhopereira) May 10, 2014