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World Cup player profile: Hernanes

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Name: Hernanes

Age: 28

Position: Midfielder

Club: Internazionale

Caps [goals]: 23 [2]

Hernanes was first called up by Brazil Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for the Seleção’s 2-2 draw with Italy in Geneva last March. The 28 year-old was subsequently part of the squad that won the 2013 Confederations Cup and has been a mainstay throughout Scolari’s second reign in charge of Brazil.

Why has he been selected?

Hernanes offers something different to Brazil’s other central midfield options. His ability to control a game with his excellent range of passing stands him out from the likes of Paulinho and Ramires, who are more athletic. Hernanes proved to be a useful substitute at the Confederations Cup, helping Brazil to see out games by ensuring they kept the ball. In certain matches, he could be equally effective as a starter, while his long range shooting - off either foot - is a powerful weapon.

How has he played this season?

Hernanes has had a pretty decent campaign Italy. He started with Lazio, where he scored 17 goals in three appearances, before moving to Internazionale in January. The Brazilian has settled quickly in Milan and contributed two goals and four assists to ensure Walter Mazzarri’s side qualified for the Europa League. 

What will his role be in Brazil?

Like at the Confederations Cup, Hernanes will likely be used as a substitute. His ability on the ball can either help Brazil defensively, or push them forward if a goal is needed. The emergence of Fernandinho, who is more mobile, may however, limit Hernanes’ involvement.

 
 

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