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Who is the uncapped striker looking to gatecrash Brazil’s 2018 World Cup party?

Willian Jose has been called up to Brazil's senior squad for the friendlies against Russia and Germany

So Brazil’s attack is set in stone then?

Not quite. Tite’s latest squad to take on Russia and Germany has an unfamiliar face among the attackers.

‘Just pass to that lad standing over there. He’s called Neymar’

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‘Just pass to that lad standing over there. He’s called Neymar’

Ahh, I knew Richarlison would get called up eventually. It’s him, right?

Wrong again.

When you find out you’ve not made the Brazil squad again

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When you find out you’ve not made the Brazil squad again

Afonso Alves? Julio Baptista? Guly do Prado?

Nope, nope and nope. The man in question is Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose.

My Wikipedia is down, who is he?

As recently as three years ago Jose was playing in the Spanish second tier for Real Zaragoza.

You know times are tough when you’re sponsored by a caravan

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You know times are tough when you’re sponsored by a caravan

So he’s never tasted the big time?

Well Jose did, strangely, make one appearance for Real Madrid in the 2013/14 season after signing for their B team.

Real Madrid one-cap wonder

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Real Madrid one-cap wonder

Is he a big name in Brazil?

Not particularly, given he flitted between first club Barueri, Sao Paulo, Gremio and Santos without every really having a major impact.

Not sure tackling keepers is allowed, mate

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Not sure tackling keepers is allowed, mate

So how’s he found himself in the Brazil squad?

His last two seasons with Real Sociedad in the Spanish top flight have been impressive. Jose’s found the back of the net 24 times, with 12 of those coming this campaign.

The Vinny Jones school of defending

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The Vinny Jones school of defending

Will he be on the plane to Russia?

Jose is still behind Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus in the international pecking order, but he offers something different from both.

He can speak Russian?

No, well, actually, we can’t say for sure, but it’s more the fact that he’s an aerial presence for when Brazil need to go long.

So he’s essentially a Brazilian Glenn Murray?

We’re not going to stop that nickname getting off the ground.

The English Willian Jose

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The English Willian Jose

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