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Aston Villa’s Luiz earns Brazil call-up

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton FC at Villa Park on August 23, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

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Douglas Luiz’s strong start for Aston Villa hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The 21-year-old attacker earned his first call-up Friday to the Brazil Men’s National Team for a pair of friendly matches in November. Brazil will face Argentina on November 15 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and then South Korea on November 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

Luiz, a former member of Brazil’s Under-20 team, has two goals in three Premier League starts this season, as he’s battled a couple of injuries along the way. However, even without goals and assists, Luiz has shown that he’s good enough to play, and compete, at a Premier League level.

With Neymar out injured yet again, Luiz now has an opportunity to stake his claim to a roster spot in the future under manager Tite.

Its also a big boost for Aston Villa in their recruitment, to tell future players that they could play with a member of the Brazilian National Team.