Copa América: Endrick ‘grateful’ for Brazil burden

Brazil striker Endrick has said there is a “burden” that comes with playing for the Selecao so early in his career but he is “grateful” for the challenge.

The 17-year-old, who will complete his move to Real Madrid from Palmeiras next month, has scored three goals in six appearances for his country, who begin their Copa América quest on June 24 against Costa Rica in Los Angeles.

“God made many of my dreams come true very early on, and I’m very grateful,” he told ESPN Brasil. “There’s a huge burden on my back, but he wouldn’t give it to someone who couldn’t manage or bear it.

“I’m very happy to be in the national team and here in Orlando [Florida, at the team’s training base]. I’m going to keep training, working to win this Copa América and lead the team to success.”

Endrick said he believes the team are on course to succeed at the tournament which they last won in 2019.

“We’re on the right track. We’ve only had four games [under new head coach Dorival] and now we’re training well, we’ve got time to train. What we want is to do our best for the national team and for Brazil.

“Let’s keep going and hopefully we’ll have the support of all the Brazilians to conquer America.”

As well as Costa Rica, Brazil face Paraguay and Colombia in Group D of the tournament being held in the United States.