27 goals in 31 games not enough for Tottenham Hotspur linked Jonas to get Brazil call


Jonas has had a terrific season at Benfica, but he was overlooked for the Copa America squad in favour of former Manchester City attacker Robinho.

A dream season for Benfica striker Jonas will not get to end with international glory.

The 2014/15 campaign started in difficult fashion for the attacker, who was released by Valencia after they signed Alvaro Negredo from Manchester City on loan on deadline day.

As a free agent he was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur by The Mail, where he could have renewed a partnership with Roberto Soldado.

Instead he signed with Portuguese side Benfica, and has not looked back. He started with a goal on his league debut and has not looked back, netting 27 goals in 31 games.

This form has not been enough to see him make it into Brazil's Copa America squad, announced this week by coach Dunga.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report this decision has been met with disappointment in Brazil, with fans expressing their dissatisfaction via social networks.

One of the strikers selected ahead of him is Diego Tardelli who plays in China for Shandong Luneng, and is without a goal in 2015.

Another is former Manchester City forward Robinho, who has earned a surprise recall having rejoined Santos, and gets the chance to add to his 89 international caps.

He is 31, the same age as Jonas, so it cannot be argued Dunga is looking to the future, nor on the strength or proximity of leagues, given Tardelli's inclusion.

Absent from Brazil's attack are last year's World Cup flops Hulk and Jo, while Fred has retired. Neymar will lead the line with Liverpool's Coutinho, Chelsea's Willian, and Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino in support.

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