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Richarlison says Everton is key to his international breakthrough

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The 22-year-old says the English club was part of his success, as he was capped thanks to his performances with the team.

Before joining Everton from Watford last summer, Richarlison had never been called to the Brazil national team.

The 22-year-old is now a key part of the South American team, as he has scored five goals in ten appearances for his country.

“I really feel part of the Everton family,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s almost as if I’m back in Brazil [when I am at Everton]. The support I have got from the fans makes me very happy and I intend to do my very best for them.”

“When I arrived at the Club, I set myself certain objectives – one was to win a place in the Brazilian national team and the other was to score goals for Everton,” he added.

“I believed in my ability and I’ve developed a great deal at Everton.”

“I think I’ve developed in training, my confidence has grown and I’ve got a better understanding with my teammates on and off the pitch,” he said.

“I get on well with all of them.”

“I am always looking to be talking to them, even though I struggle with my English. I’m looking to develop my English and I’m having lessons at home,” he continued.

“I speak with my teammates all the time to establish these friendships.”

“We have a great spirit at Everton which can only help my performances, and that of the team,” he commented.

“Towards the end of last season, we had great victories against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. The belief is there within the squad and I think we can improve even more.”