Brazillian West Ham Star earns recall for March Friendlies

Anderson has scored eight goals and has three assists in the Premier League this season

West Ham attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson has been recalled by Brazil for the friendly matches against Panama and the Czech Republic in March.

Anderson’s only Brazil cap came in June 2015 when he made his debut as a substitute in a Copa America warm-up match against Mexico.

He was also part of the Brazil U23 squad that won Olympic gold on home soil, coming on as a substitute in the final against Germany.

He returns to the senior Brazil set-up after an impressive first season at West Ham that has seen him score nine goals in all competitions – the most for the Hammers this season.

Anderson is joined in the squad by fellow Premier League players Alisson, Ederson, Danilo, Fabinho, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus.

But there is no place for Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho – who picked up an injury in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win – while Chelsea winger Willian has been dropped by Brazil head coach Tite.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior looks set to make his Brazil debut at the age of 18

There is also a first call-up for Real Madrid’s 18-year-old forward Vinicius Junior ahead of this summer’s Copa America which will be hosted by Brazil.

But captain Neymar is missing from the squad due to a foot injury that has kept him out the Paris St Germain side since January.

Brazil play Panama in the Portuguese city of Porto on March 23 and then face the Czech Republic in Prague three days later.

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