Chelsea’s Andrey Santos ‘in tears’ after getting into Brazil squad BEFORE earning work permit, but star Arsenal duo axed

CHELSEA star Andrey Santos has been left ‘in tears’ after securing his first ever call-up to Brazil’s national squad.

The 18-year-old is one of NINE uncapped players in the 23-man squad for the March international break.

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Under 20 boss Ramon Menezes is managing the side on an interim basis after Tite’s resignation following Brazil’s underwhelming World Cup.

He has opted for a younger squad – and has made some bold calls.

Arsenal pair Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli have both missed out despite enjoying brilliant seasons for their club.

Defender Gabriel also missed out on the World Cup squad.

He is among more senior players who have not got a look in as Menezes opts for youthful inexperience.

Santos has yet to start a game for Chelsea or even get his work permit yet.

But could make his international debut before the end of the month when Brazil take on Morocco in a friendly, the Samba Boys’ only game during this international break.

Santos reacted to the news with a crying emoji and the Brazil flag on his Twitter page.


The midfielder was one of a number of stars signed by Chelsea during their January spending spree.

He was recruited for £18m from Vasco da Gama but was loaned back to the Brazilian club due to his work permit issues.

The teenager’s call-up comes after Santos captained Brazil’s under-20 side to a South American Championship win last month.

He was the joint-top scorer with six goals.

Also in the Brazil squad is Tottenham defender Emerson Royal and Wolves midfielder Joao Gomes.

While the likes of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and Juventus right back Danilo are left out.