This morning, no less than three Palmeiras players from the youth academy jumped for joy as they found their names on the list of 18 that Ney Franco – coach of Brazil’s National Under-20 Team – called upon to form the squad that will defend the country’s colours in the upcoming Eight Nation tournament taking place in South Africa between 24th May to 3rd June.
Centreback Luiz Gustavo and midfielders Diego Souza and Bruno Dybal can look forward to meeting up with the rest of the squad on the 10 May at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, from where the squad continues to Granja Comary, the training facilities of the Brazilian national team. On the 21th, the U20 Seleção boards the plane heading for Cape Town.
Below, the full list of players:
Goalkeepers: Matheus Caldeira (Corinthians), Igor Rayan (Cruzeiro)
Wingbacks: Fabinho (Fluminense), Romário (Vitória), Henrique Miranda (São Paulo)
Centrebacks: Luiz Gustavo (Palmeiras), Luan (Vasco), Wellington Carvalho (Fluminense)
Midfielders: Gomes (Corinthians), Filipe (Bahia), Misael (Grêmio), Diego Souza (Palmeiras), Bruno Dybal (Palmeiras), Deretti (Figueirense), Thomas Jaguaribe Bedinelli (Flamengo)
Forwards: Victor Andrade (Santos), Bruno Mendes (Guarani), Ademilson (São Paulo)