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Anderson seeking Copa spot

Filed: Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
By: Staff Writer

Hammers winger Felipe Anderson says that he is hoping to secure a spot in Brazil's 2019 Copa America squad.

The 12-team tournament takes place in Anderson's home nation between June 14 and July 7 and the West Ham star is determined to make the final cut, having recently returned to the international arena.

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"It would be great to play the Copa America," Anderson told whufc.com. "The Brazilian shirt is special for every player that wears it - and I want to keep on doing it for a long time."

The 26-year-old, who cost West Ham in the region of £35million when joining from Lazio last summer was recalled to Tite's squad last month, where he appeared in friendlies against the Czech Republic and Panama.

And that followed a reasonably successful debut campaign for Anderson at West Ham - one which he described as "one of my best seasons in Europe".

"I had some very good seasons in Lazio, but this is a very difficult league and the team had a difficult situation because it had a lot of new players," he added.

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"Arriving in a completely new team and beating some very good rivals, playing very well as we did and get a series of victories was something very good. I always say that whenever a team is doing well, the players look better - and with me it wasnít any different.

"I have helped my team to get some wins and Iím happy to have adapted quickly to English football - a football with a lot of quality. But I always say that the most important thing is that we are playing well and winning.

"Unfortunately on Saturday we couldnít, but I hope we can finish the season strongly and in the best possible way."

Brazil will face Bolivia, Venezeula and Peru in the Copa America's Group A when the competition commences in June.

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Their campaign begins against the Bolivia at Sao Paulo's Estadio do Morumbi on June 14, before taking on Venezeula in Salvador (June 18) and finally, Peru (at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo) on June 22.

Only the team that finishes bottom of the group will fail to qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament.

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