'It's a dream': 25-year-old Newcastle man says he's aiming to force his way into World Cup squad
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'It's a dream': 25-year-old Newcastle man says he's aiming to force his way into World Cup squad

Newcastle United’s Joelinton makes it clear he wants to make Brazil’s squad for the World Cup this year. The 25-year-old has only played for them at under-17 level, but he hopes that can change very soon.

There’s no doubt some Newcastle fans would love to see Joelinton at the World Cup, the grandest stage of all.

In a piece with The Northern Echo, the Brazilian spoke on his international ambitions.

“Of course, getting in the Brazil team is an ambition,” stated Joelinton.

“It’s a dream. I hope I can do it. My game is getting better and if I keep doing that, I hope it can be a reality. Although, I’ve not heard anything from Brazil yet.”

When he first joined Newcastle he was the club’s record signing at £40 million (BBC). It was a struggle for him at first, playing as the sole striker. However, since Eddie Howe’s decision to drop him back into midfield, he’s become a man transformed.

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If Joelinton continues his fine form from last season, a Brazil call-up is a definite possibility in the near future

A couple of years ago, the thought of Joelinton getting a Brazil call-up would’ve been laughed at. It’s really a testament to the job Eddie Howe has done for the Magpies.

Additionally, the Brazilian deserves immense phrase for his attitude and hard work. To be willing to change positions and excel whilst doing so is truly incredible.

Pundit Jamie Carragher praised the 25-year-old last season, describing him as the ‘heartbeat’ of the team. Furthermore, Rio Ferdinand claimed Joelinton was key for Newcastle’s resurgence last season.

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Newcastle’s opening day clash with Nottingham Forest saw Howe give Joelinton the nod once again in midfield. Based on that performance, the Brazilian looks as if he will continue his fine form into the 2022/23 campaign.

It’ll definitely be a challenge for Joelinton to force his way into Brazil’s World cup squad. But nothing worth having is ever easy.

The South American nation has a number of quality midfielders at its disposal, including Newcastle’s own Bruno Guimaraes.

However, should he continue on from the last season and have an even better season this year, Joelinton could definitely get himself on the plane to Qatar later this year.