BRAZIL

Rodrygo gets first Brazil call up, no place for Vincius

Following his first competitive start for Real Madrid mid-week, Rodrygo has now got his first call up by Brazil coach Tite. But there is no place for Vinicius.

Rodrygo has surpassed Vinicius in Brazil pecking order
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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo has been named in Brazil coach Tite's 23-man squad for their upcoming friendlies against Argentina and South Korea in mid-November. 

It is the 18-year-old’s first-ever call up to the national senior team after having made his first competitive start for Real Madrid against Galatasaray on Tuesday, topping off a landmark week for the young player. 

According to Brazilian outlet Uol, Rodrygo “has positioned himself” ahead of Vinicius in the mind of the national team coach and was one of the players that had received the most plaudits from Tite’s coaching staff in player evaluation meetings over the past few weeks in Río de Janeiro.

Rodrygo surpasses Vinicius

In their evaluation, the Brazil coaching staff have deemed that Rodrygo has shown more maturity than Vinicius and his development and tactical knowledge is more advanced than his Real Madrid team mate, who received a call up in September for La Canarinha's friendlies against Colombia and Peru but misses out this time around. 

Rodrygo will be accompanied by Madrid team mate Casemiro on the flight to Saudi Arabia to take on Argentina next month, while Marcelo has been left out of the squad.