Young Samba stars will provide shape of things to come

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Liverpool full-back Fabio Aurelio says next month's Copa America will be the ideal showcase for Brazil's next generation.

The 31-year-old will be keeping a keen eye on the competition as manager Mano Menezes bloods youngsters in the Brazil squad ahead of the World Cup in three years time.

With Brazil hosting the finals in 2014, Menezes' side will have just international friendlies to tend with in the lead up to the tournament, meaning the country's last competitive internationals are this summer in Argentina.

Aurelio said: "I think the Copa America is viewed like the Euros here. It is very important for all the national teams but especially for Brazil as we won't have any qualifying games for the next World Cup because we are hosts.

"Therefore the team won't have so many opportunities to prepare for that tournament so the Copa America will be a great opportunity to see how the team is faring. People are already looking forward to the World Cup in 2014 so the Copa America is very exciting and I am very much looking forward to it.

"This is a new project now. Most of the players are very young but very talented as well. It promises to be a great side for the next World Cup so I think this is why we are also expecting good results from the forthcoming Copa America because it will be the first big test for this new generation for Brazil.

"They have plenty of quality players and some of them already played for Brazil in the last World Cup. I think the new coach is very good so we are very excited about the future of the national team."

Brazil have been drawn against Venezuela, Paraguay and Ecuador.

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