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Fernandinho bemused by Brazil snub

Fernandinho said he cannot fathom why he is not in the Brazil squad and believes he could be perfectly suited to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s system and style of play.

Fernandinho spent eight years at Shakhtar before joining City.
Fernandinho has made nine Premier League appearances for City so far this season.

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The 28-year-old left Shakhtar Donetsk for Manchester City in the summer, hoping that playing in the Premier League would help propel him into his country’s World Cup party.

But the midfielder has not yet added to his five senior caps, even though he feels he could team up with Paulinho in the same way he partners Yaya Toure for City.

"Many people ask me why I am not called up, especially after I joined Manchester City," Fernandinho told iG.

"My only answer is that I don't know, some teammates are surprised too, they don't know why that happens.

"I have been playing as a holding midfielder, I could do the same for the national team without any problems, maybe playing along with Paulinho, staying back to allow him to advance, more or less like I do with Yaya Toure."

Selecao coach Scolari has preferred to pick Tottenham’s Paulinho, Chelsea’s Ramires, Lazio’s Hernanes, Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo as his central midfielders, to Fernandinho’s disappointment.

He added: "I don't know why but I am in a new stage in England, in a new team and a new position, I work every day thinking about returning [to the Brazil team].

"I'll be happy to help and be part of the national team in any position. What I want is to be called up, the manager can then see later where he fields me."


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