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Richarlison named in Brazil squad for U.S. friendlies

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By Reuters

SAOPAULO (Reuters) – Brazil have called up Everton forward Richarlison for their September friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Monday.

Richarlison, 21, replaced Fluminense striker Pedro, who dropped out the squad after injuring his knee in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Cruzeiro.

The former Watford player scored three times in his first two Premier League starts for Everton but was sent off in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

In their first matches since being knocked out the World Cup at the quarter-final stage in July, Brazil play the U.S. in New Jersey on Sept. 7 before travelling to Maryland to face El Salvador four days later.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie, editing by Ed Osmond)