Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Malcom have all been named in Brazil’s squad for October friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
It’s a first call-up for Malcom and comes as a bit of a surprise, as he’s only managed six minutes for Barcelona so far this season.
He also picked up an ankle problem in training during the last international break which has set him back slightly.
A lista completa para os jogos contra Arábia Saudita e Argentina! #SeleçãoBrasileira #GigantesPorNatureza pic.twitter.com/t8wQoOEGO2— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) September 21, 2018
Tite explained his decision to call up the 21-year-old for the two games.
“Malcom went to Barcelona after a great year with Bordeaux. Opportunities arise for players who are playing well. The matches he played in the pre-season were good, with goals.”
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Brazil play in Saudi Arabia on October 12 in Riyadh and then face Argentina at the King Abdullah Sports City near Jeddah on October 16.