International Stage Beckons For 'The Pigeon'

Everton winger Richarlison hopes to mark his maiden call-up to the Brazil national team the only way he knows how – with the pigeon dance. 

The 21-year-old has revealed how he found out that he was the replacement named by Seleção Head Coach Tite after Fluminense’s Pedro pulled out.

Brazil are in friendly action against United States and El Salvador on September 7 and 11 respectively. 

Richarlison, who has 10 caps at Under-20s level, has already delivered on his promise to produce his signature pigeon dance after joining from Watford in the summer and now has his sights set on taking it onto the international stage.

“There will be the pigeon dance,” he insisted. “Everyone is already asking. I hope to score the goal and do the pigeon. But it has to be live there at the stadium.

“I did not expect the call. I was lying playing video games with my friends here at home.

"That’s when [Brazil’s General Co-Ordinator] Edu’s call arrived. I got very surprised at the time, not believing. 

"I had just arrived from training, I had lunch and went to play my video game, which is normal. And suddenly a call arrives like that and I hear that I’m being called to the national team. There is nothing better."

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