Fulham attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira says scoring for Brazil was an ‘incredible feeling’.

Pereira, recalled to the national team earlier this year by new coach Dorival Junior, opened the scoring as Brazil warmed up for the Copa America with a dramatic 3-2 win over Mexico in Dallas this weekend.

He told Globo Esporte:

“Of course it’s very difficult to be away from the national team for so long, but I always believed and the people around me told me that I had to work hard to one day return. I’ve always kept that dream alive and, thank God, after a long time working very hard I’m now reaping the rewards.

It was an incredible feeling, inexplicable, I’m very happy, it still hasn’t sunk in that I scored my first goal. A lot of things went through my head at the time, everything I’ve been through to be here. It’s been a dream since I was a kid to score for the national team and today I’m living this moment. I’m very happy.”