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Brazil legend Zico not surprised by Philippe Coutinho’s international call-up

Brazil legend Zico not surprised by Philippe Coutinho’s international call-up

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on August 20, 2014

Philippe Coutinho's Brazil call-up is fully deserved following his performances for Liverpool last season, according to national icon Zico.

The 22-year-old has just one cap for his national side so far, coming nearly four years ago, but he has been recalled to the side after their re-appointed coach Dunga swung the axe following their World Cup disaster.

Just ten players from Luiz Felipe Scolari's tournament squad have been included, with a host of names such as Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Paulinho and Hulk having been left out.

And Zico believes Coutinho is ready to make his name in the famous golden yellow shirt.

'Coutinho is a very skilled and tactical player,' Zico told Liverpool's official club website.

'He has already played in a number of countries, which must have been a good learning experience for him as he has achieved a higher level of confidence now at Liverpool.

'This confidence has probably come from the manager and his team-mates, and is something our players need when playing abroad.

'He's improved his performances as a result and you can see [last season] he was being more audacious in trying new moves and taking higher risks.'

'For me, that development was important for Liverpool to have the attacking quality we saw last season.'

 

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