Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes is hoping compatriot Sandro makes a big impact for Brazil at the Copa America.

The defensive midfielder has impressed at White Hart Lane after breaking into the side as a regular midway through last term, and the Spurs stopper believes his form can be transferred onto the international stage.

“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," Gomes told the official Tottenham website.

"He was excellent for us last season and he also did well when he came on for Brazil in recent friendlies and 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 samba stars face Vemezuela, Paraguay and Ecuador in Group B of the competition, which is the equivalent to the European Championships, and will be looking to claim a third successive crown after victory in 2004 and 2007.


“The Copa America is so important to all the countries in South America. There are some big rivalries, like Brazil and Argentina. I think the tournament will be very good," the Spurs keeper continued.

“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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