West Ham United star Felipe Anderson has seen his dreams of playing for Brazil in a home Copa America snubbed.
Despite 10 goals and nearly as many assists in what is billed the world’s best and toughest league, there is no place for the Hammers star in coach Tite’s squad.
The squad was released on Friday (Football Italia) and contains a host of Premier League stars.
Copa load of that Felipe
Liverpool stars Alisson and Roberto Firmino are joined by Manchester City’s Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus with Everton’s Richarlison also making the cut.
But Anderson is nowhere to be seen despite earning a recall to the Selecao in the last international break for the first time in seven years.
The 26-year-old spoke recently about how he dreamed of playing for his country in the home Copa America this summer (whufc.com).
It comes two days after Anderson’s West Ham teammate Manuel Lanzini was also unexpectedly snubbed for the Argentina Copa squad, read full story here.
Lanzini also snubbed
Some West Ham fans will be grateful as it means their star men will get a proper break and stay injury free over the summer.
But the bigger picture is worrying for the Hammers.
Could it be the lack of European competition at the club is impacting their chances to represent their national teams.
If that it the case it could be a big problem for West Ham.
Rest is good but bigger picture is the worry for West Ham
On one hand those players may rethink their futures if they are serious about an international career.
And on the other it may put off other top players from joining the Hammers in the first place.
Here is the Brazil Copa America squad in full (Football Italia).
Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Man City), Cassio (Corinthians); Dani Alves (PSG), Fagner (Corinthians), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva (PSG), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter), Eder Militao (FC Porto); Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Man City), Arthur (Barcelona), Allan (Napoli), Paqueta (Milan), Coutinho (Barcelona), Neymar (PSG), Everton (Gremio); David Neres (Ajax), Richarlison (Everton), Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Man City)