The spectacular early form of one of Manchester City's best players has been rewarded with a call from his nation.
City midfielder Fernandinho has been called up by Brazilian national team coach Tite to represent the Seleção in the two South American Qualifiers in October, when Brazil face Bolivia (Oct. 6) and Venezuela (Oct. 11). City summer signing Gabriel Jesus has also earned a second consecutive call-up to the senior squad after scoring two goals in two games in his Brazil debut two weeks ago.
Fernandinho has been the best Manchester City player since Pep Guardiola took over the Citizens two months ago, and the Brazilian has completely owned his position as a defensive midfielder, and deservedly earns a call to represent his country again. He will probably serve as backup to Real Madrid's Casemiro, but Fernandinho's return alone is already great news.
This is the full list of 24 names called up by Tite for October's international matches:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma-ITA), Muralha (Flamengo-BRA), Weverton (AtléticoPR-BRA)
Defenders: Gil (Shandong Luneng-CHN), Marquinhos (PSG-FRA), Miranda (Inter Milan-ITA), Thiago Silva (PSG-FRA), Dani Alves (Juventus-ITA), Fagner (Corinthians-BRA), Filipe Luis (Atlético Madrid-ESP), Marcelo (Real Madrid-ESP)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid-ESP), Fernandinho (Manchester City-ENG), Giuliano (Zenit-RUS), Lucas Lima (Santos-BRA), Oscar (Chelsea-ENG), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande-CHN), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool-ENG), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan-CHN), Willian (Chelsea-ENG)
Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich-GER), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool-ENG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City-ENG), Neymar Jr. (Barcelona-ESP)
Well deserved, Fernandinho! Congrats, Gabriel Jesus!