West Ham United attacker Felipe Anderson has said that he is targeting the Brazil squad for the Copa America after returning to the national team mix this month. The 25-year-old had been out of contention for Selecao duty over the past four years but he has managed to revive his prospects with a strong debut season in the Premier League.
Speaking to West Ham’s official website, Anderson revealed his pleasure over making a comeback to the national side and thanked the club for helping him make the cut. He added that playing in the Copa America remains a target for him and he is optimistic of achieving the same at the end of the campaign.
He said: “It has been a long time since I was called up to the Brazilian national team and that’s very important to me. I want to thank West Ham because this club has allowed me to showcase my abilities. We have this competition [the Copa America], but there’s a lot of things that can happen before then. For sure, going to the competition is one of my goals but I have to keep on doing my job here and good things will ensue as a consequence.”
“Anderson began the current Premier League campaign with West Ham in a good run of form“ and managed to score eight goals before the turn of the year. However, he has since suffered a dip with the inability to find the scoresheet but this has not reduced his importance with manager Manuel Pellegrini “considering him as indispensable“ from the starting XI.
The attacker recently made his comeback with Brazil after a four-year wait, but the match was a frustrating one as the country settled for a 1-1 friendly draw against Panama. Anderson could now feature against the Czech Republic at the Eden Arena on Tuesday.
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