By Tom Avery
Manchester United star Antony has been pictured training with Brazil ahead of this month’s international friendlies.
Tite’s Selecao side will face Ghana on Friday and Hannibal Mejbri’s Tunisia next Tuesday and they’re Brazil’s last fixtures before flying out to Qatar ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, which kicks off in November.
Five-time World Cup winners Brazil have been drawn in Group G alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
Manchester United have four players that were called up by Tite this month. Alongside Antony, Fred and Casemiro were called-up as was Alex Telles who is spending the season on loan at La Liga side Sevilla.
Antony missed Brazil’s friendlies in June and United’s new number 21 will be hoping to impress his national team boss in the forthcoming fixtures.
The 22-year-old, who has been capped nine times for Brazil, is likely to be competing with former Leeds United man Raphinha for a spot in Tite’s forward line in Qatar.
Like for Ajax and Manchester United, the former Sau Paulo starlet scored on his senior Brazil debut and he’ll be hoping to play a starring role for his country in his first potential appearance at a World Cup.
Since joining the Red Devils from the Amsterdam giants and being reunited with Erik ten Hag, Antony has started the last three games which included him scoring the opener in the 3-1 win against Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams.
As well as winning back-to-back Eredivisie titles under Ten Hag and winning the Dutch Cup, Antony was also part of the Brazil side that won Olympic Gold in Japan last summer.
United’s second most expensive signing of all time has posted on Twitter pictures of him training with his Brazilian teammates.
Sempre uma sensação diferente!! E sempre uma honra!!! Vamos!! 🇧🇷⚽️ @CBF_Futebol pic.twitter.com/nAC6z30fUW
He also shared footage on Instagram of him linking up with Casemiro to score a goal in Brazil training.
The former Real Madrid midfielder produced an inch-perfect outside of the boot pass and Antony smashed the ball home.
By Tom Avery