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Tite to consider Vinicius for this summer's Copa América

Tite to consider Vinicius for Copa America

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Uncapped and injured, Vinicius Junior could still get a spot for Brazil at this summer's Copa América which takes place from 14 June to 7 July.

Tite is open to picking Vinicius Junior for the Copa América, insisting Brazil were missing the Real Madrid teenager's individual skill. Vinicius, 18, is sidelined with an ankle injury and missed Brazil's 1-1 friendly draw against Panama on Saturday. The forward may not return until early May, which is a month and a half away from when the Copa América starts.

Vinicius Junior

Vinicius yet to be capped at senior level

Tite said Brazil could still use Vinicius, who is uncapped but has starred for his nation at youth levels. "Taking advantage of the question about the characteristics of Vinicius and our idea of football, it's to have these players that unbalance the rival," he said. "Players who make individual moves, dribbles, to break the opponent's defence. Vinicius has this characteristic, David Neres has this characteristic."

Next match

Brazil face the Czech Republic in another friendly in Prague on Tuesday.