Philippe Coutinho given squad number for Brazil's Copa America challenge

The Liverpool midfielder is set to be involved in his first international tournament with the full Brazil side.

Brazil have unveiled their allocated squad numbers for the Copa America in Chile this summer, and it provides an insight into coach Carlos Dunga's plans, and how he intends to use Philippe Coutinho.

The Liverpool star, who scored his first goal for the national team in the recent 2-0 win over Mexico, has been given the number 21 shirt that he wore in that match for Brazil's Copa America challenge, indicating that he is unlikely to be considered a first choice starter initially.

Of course, judging starting lineups by allocated shirt numbers isn't the most accurate of strategies, but it tends to be the case that squads for international tournaments function from 1-11 unless there are any players that favour a particular number.

The talented playmaker has had a number of shirt numbers in his short career, as most youngsters tend to have, adopting number 29 when he first joined Inter in 2010, then moving to number 19 for the next season.

But it is at Liverpool that he was first given the number that he would have likely been dreaming of since a child, the number 10 shirt that befitted his playing style.

Coutinho may struggle to ever get hold of that shirt for the national team, with Barcelona star Neymar currently very much in possession of the famous shirt once worn by the likes of Pele and Ronaldinho.

The upcoming challenge for the 22-year-old, having found a role in the Brazil squad, will be seizing any chance that comes his way in the tournament in Chile, in the hope of ascending those shirt numbers towards a first team spot.

Other Premier League players set to feature in the tournament are Chelsea duo Filipe Luis and Willian and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho.

Brazil squad numbers for Copa America 2015, according to Goal:

1) Jefferson

2) Danilo

3) Miranda

4) David Luiz

5) Fernandinho

6) Filipe Luis

7) Douglas Costa

8) Elias

9) Diego Tardelli

10) Neymar

11) Roberto Firmino

12) Neto

13) Marquinhos

14) Thiago Silva

15) Geferson

16) Fabinho

17) Fred

18) Everton Ribeiro

19) Willian

20) Robinho

21) Philippe Coutinho

22) Casemiro

23) Marcelo Grohe

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