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Is Endrick in Brazil's Copa America squad?


Endrick, a 17-year-old striker for Palmeiras, captured the attention of the football world and major European clubs at the age of 15 with his incredible exploits in youth football.

The Brazilian’s reputation grew further when it emerged Real Madrid and Chelsea were among a host of prominent clubs monitoring the Verdao star.

But it was Madrid who went and secured his signature in 2022 as the club paid the release clause of €60 million (£52m/$64m) with €35m due up front and a further €25m in add-ons.

Endrick is yet to move to the Spanish capital because of FIFA regulations that state he is unable to formally become a part of the Madrid squad until he turns 18 on July 21, 2024. 

The Sporting News takes a look at whether the Brazilian wonderkid will be involved in Selecao’s 2024 Copa America squad.

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Head coach Dorival Junior will name his squad for the Copa America on Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m. ET. He will announce the roster at the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in Rio de Janeiro.

Breaking into the Copa squad could be Endrick’s biggest success to date as Brazil have plenty of talent in the forward department with current Madrid stars Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo leading the line. Other notable names are Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli and Tottenham’s Richarlison, who had his best spell in a Brazil shirt at the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

But Endrick received a call-up to the squad for their March international friendlies against England and Spain, and he certainly made the most of his opportunity.

In a match against England, Brazil bucked their recent struggles against major European nations. Despite missing key players like Casemiro, Alisson, Gabriel and Marquinhos, Endrick came to the rescue from the bench.

He capitalised on a loose ball after Jordan Pickford made a good save from Vinicius to net the only goal of the game. Doing so saw him become the youngest-ever male goalscorer at Wembley.

Endrick then scored his first goal at the Santiago Bernabeu, the home of his future club, as Brazil played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain. He once again started from the bench but came on to make an instant impact.

The Selecao have long struggled to find a central striker capable of winning football matches, with the great Ronaldo not effectively replaced over the past two decades.

Despite various attempts to nail down the No.9 position, no player has managed to consistently make an impact at the highest level or secure a starting spot. This is where Endrick can make the position his own.

While currently untested at the highest level, Endrick could provide the attacking spark Brazil need, making him a potentially crucial asset for the upcoming Copa America and beyond.

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Here is our predicted Brazil squad for Copa America 2024.

Ages, caps are correct as of April 30, 2024.

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