It’s been a great couple of months for Fernandinho with the Brazilian national team. After being called up again, the midfielder was given a chance in the starting team, and now will be given the captaincy for tonight’s game against Peru.
Speaking to the Brazilian media last night, the player described the feeling of receiving the armband: “I still haven’t talked to my family because I got the news before training, I had a shower and quickly came here, but I’m sure they are super happy. My victory is their victory.
“To be the captain of the Brazilian national team is a personal and professional achievement. The work allows us to achieve many things in football. Two years ago we were much criticised, but we worked for the comeback,” (via Estadão).
Manager Tite also spoke about the decision, saying the player’s behaviour was the big reason for it, especially in the game against Argentina, which Brazil won 3-0.
“He played stuck in Messi’s marking sector during the last game, with a yellow card since the start of the match, and kept the high level of concentration.
“When Gabriel Jesus had a knock, he asked the opponent to be loyal. He’s a a player with attitude.” (via Globo Esporte)
Fernandinho started all of Brazil’s last three games. He was given a chance in the team after the injury to Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
The Brazilian national team have won their last four matches since the appointment of Tite, and are currently on top of the South American World Cup Qualifiers table.