Andreas Pereira has backed Aleksandar Mitrovic to shine at the World Cup starting with this evening’s game against Brazil.

The former Manchester United midfielder used an interview with Brazilian publication Globo Esporte to warn his compatriots about the potency of Serbia’s record goalscorer. Pereira, in superb form himself prior to the pause in the Premier League campaign earlier this month, said:

“I only have praise for him. Mitrovic is a sensational guy, he welcomed me very well at the club. I spoke to him after the last game against Manchester United, wishing him luck in the World Cup. He is an exemplary guy, fine person. I’m sure Brazil will have a hard time stopping him. He likes Brazilians, speaks Portuguese, speaks not only to me, but to Willian, to Carlos Vinicius. He and Milinkovic-Savic are very nice people.

The guys know how to suffer. It is a physically very strong team. Brazil cannot fool around, thinking that Serbia is just any other team, because I think it can be a very difficult team to beat.”

Unlike Mitrovic, who is set to lead the line for Serbia tonight after taking a full part in this week’s training sessions, Fulham’s Brazilian trio are resting ahead of their return to training at Motspur Park in December. Pereira, who was capped just once in 2018, whilst Willian – who featured in Brazil’s last two World Cup campaigns – wasn’t considered despite his sparkling displays since joining the Whites and Carlos Vinicius has yet to come into contention for the senior squad.