Gabriel Magalhaes is in the Brazil u23 squad for the upcoming international break, his first call-up at that level for his country.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Gabriel of Arsenal holds off Enda Stevens of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel of Arsenal holds off Enda Stevens of Sheffield United on October 04, 2020. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

The official Brazil National Team website confirmed the call-up for Gabriel Magalhaes to their Olympic team for the upcoming international break.

The Brazil u23s face Saudi Arabia and Egypt in friendly matches, as they prepare for the Olympics. Both games will take place in Saudi Arabia.

Head coach Andre Jardine specifically selected a squad with players playing outside Brazil, on this occasion, so he can get a good look at everyone and draw conclusions on his best options for the actual event.

Even without that selection restriction, you’d think Gabriel had a good chance to feature in the side anyway. If anything, he’s performing well enough to deserve a senior national call-up right now, but the competition is always strong in Brazil.

The call-up is recognition of arguably Arsenal’s most consistent performer in the early stages of this season. Gabriel is regularly winning Man of the Match votes, he got Player of the Month for September and none of that’s without good reason.

Assuming that form continues, the 22-year-old will surely make the Olympic squad for Tokyo next summer.