Leeds United winger Raphinha has been backed to force his way into the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup by Rivaldo.
While club football is what everyone has their eye on at the moment, another international break is right around the corner.
Thanks to Leeds’ promotion and then top-half finish last term, plenty of first-team players have been introduced to international with their respective countries.
Raphinha has been in sensational form since the start of the season, with his goal against West Ham taking his tally to three, with all of them showing just how much quality he’s got on the right-wing.
It was enough for him to be called up for the first international break of the season, but quarantine debates led to him not travelling.
However, he’s going to be involved in the October internationals next month as he lives out his dream of representing his country, hopeful of making enough of an impact to be amongst the squad for 2022’s World Cup.
Ahead of those fixtures, Brazil legend and World Cup winner Rivaldo has backed him to do well after starting so brightly in the Premier League.
Writing in his Betfair column, Rivaldo stated:
“Leeds United winger Raphinha has been called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time to compete in World Cup qualifiers next month.
“This is his reward for his excellent performances for Leeds in the Premier League.
“He has already scored three times in six league matches this season.
“He’s quick and versatile, has a lot of passing and shooting quality, so he has many qualities which are valuable to a team.
“Raphinha now has a great chance to prove to Tite that he deserves to be in next year’s World Cup squad, but he needs to keep up his good performances all season if he’s to become an established player in the Brazil set up.”
I think he has a brilliant chance to be part of their World Cup squad if he makes an instant impact next month.
His Premier League form shows he’s capable of playing at the elite level against some of the best clubs.
Hopefully, he can make the most of a great start to the season but translating that into Brazil form and nailing his place in Tite’s squad.
I have confidence that he’ll fit right in there based on what he can bring to the table and how he’ll compare with his compatriots, who share similar attributes.