Tottenham's Heurelho Gomes backs team-mate Sandro to shine for Brazil at Copa America

Brazilian goalkeeper thinks his compatriot will succeed in the tournament after an impressive first season at White Hart Lane and predicts the competition will be a great one
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has backed fellow Brazilian and team-mate Sandro to shine at the Copa America.

Sandro, who has five senior caps for Brazil, will be taking part in his first tournament with the national team and Gomes believes the midfielder has the quality to succeed at that level.

Gomes told Tottenham's official website: "It’s a great opportunity for Sandro, I don’t know if he will be in the starting 11, but the coach [Mano Menezes] believes in him.

“Everyone knows Sandro now and how well he’s played for Spurs.

“He was excellent for us last season and he also did well when he came on for Brazil in recent friendlies against Holland and Romania.

“I hope he gets to play and can do as well for Brazil as he has for Tottenham. He’s a great player and it says a lot that he’s already in the national team at such a young age.”

The former PSV goalkeeper's last appearance for his national side came in a World Cup warm up in 2010, and he is not part of the Brazil squad for the upcoming tournament, but is still backing his country to succeed and thinks it will be an exciting competition.

“The Copa America is so important to all the countries in South America,” he continued.

“There are some big rivalries, like Brazil and Argentina. I think the tournament will be very good.

“The new coach is trying to build a new team and it’s not easy, but we can see how Brazil will progress in the next few years.”

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