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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeping coach Tony Parks believes that Heurelho Gomes fully deserves his place in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

After a superb season in between the posts for Spurs, Gomes was named in Dunga’s 23-man squad for the campaign in South Africa after a year in the wilderness.

“I know he was fairly pessimistic about his chances,” Parks told the Ham & High. “I don’t know the ins and outs of the Brazil set-up but he kept missing out. I seem to remember that they were taking some squads with only two keepers, and the decisions didn’t seem to be based on form.

“The guy from Roma, Doni, kept getting in the squad when he wasn’t even getting in the Roma team. We were all surprised that Gomes wasn’t getting picked for his country.

“I remember chatting out on the training pitch with Carlo and he said ‘you can’t call yourself a world-class player until you’ve played in England’, and I think Gomes has been the best keeper in the Premier League this season. It’s a shame he’s not English!

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