Liverpool star speaks about his first international cap in FOUR years

Coutinho Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho is pleased to have finally played for Brazil again, four years after his debut against Iran.

Brazil played their first game since they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in their own back-yard at their own party at this summer's World Cup yesterday. They took on Colombia in a friendly match that was a repeat of the World Cup quarter final between the two South American nations.

Just like that fixture Brazil emerged victorious from the game at Miami's SunLife Stadium.

Colombia played a large part of the game with ten men after Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado was sent off but Brazil fans will be pleased that the Selecao got back to winning ways under returning coach Dunga.

It was also a chance for some players, seemingly forgotten by Luiz Felipe Scolari during his spell in charge, to show what they can do. The likes of Diego Tardelli, Filipe Luis and Miranda all started the game. But the player many a Brazilian wanted to see feature was Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

He was introduced in the 72nd minute, along with another star Brazil fans have been hoping to see in Everton Ribeiro, entering the field in place of Chelsea man Oscar.

It was his first appearance for his country since playing against Iran in October of 2010, almost four years ago.

And he said this of the experience:

"Being part of the group is very exciting. It was great to start earning a very difficult game, where we had opportunities to win the game and we left happy with the victory. In the locker room, everyone was happy and content with this victory and that is what is important. I was received very well. The environment here is very familiar. I and the other young players are very good here. This is very important for the group. I already know Neymar and have done for some time."

Many a Brazilian fan felt that Coutinho should have been in the World Cup squad this summer, as he provides something different in the final third - as he has shown for Liverpool this past 18 months.

But now he is in the set-up he will certainly hope to stay there.

Brazil and Coutinho are next in action against Ecuador on Wednesday.

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