With 49 caps to his name, Fernandinho’s international career coming to an end now would be quite cruel, but having been left out of the Brazil squad for several international breaks now – including the upcoming November fixtures – things have been looking bleak for Manchester City’s veteran midfielder.
But in news that is likely to cheer up 33-year-old Fernandinho, a mainstay in the City side since his arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, Brazil boss Tite has confirmed that the player is still in his plans.
Speaking after selecting his Brazil squad to face Uruguay and Cameroon in England next month – a squad featuring City’s Ederson, Danilo and Gabriel Jesus – Tite was asked about Fernandinho and confirmed plans to recall him.
“He will return,” Tite confirmed. “I see moral and technical reasons for him to be here. I don’t know if he’ll be picked for the World Cup because of his age, but in the short-term, yes – (because of) his technical quality, the level he is playing at, and his moral quality.”
Fernandinho won his first cap for Brazil in 2011 but after four further caps in the 2011-12 season, he was not summoned for the Selecao again until after his move to Manchester City, in 2014, and has since been a regular, featuring at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.