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Alan Shearer and Micah Richards agree on Richarlison amid Gabriel Jesus and Firmino decisions

Alan Shearer and Mika Richards have hailed Tottenham striker Richarlison after he scored twice for Brazil against Serbia, noting that the 25-year-old has shown exactly why he is leading the line for his country ahead of the likes of Arsenal stars Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool. Roberto Firmino.

The Tottenham forward was chosen to lead the line in Silicao’s World Cup opener, but was somewhat anonymous in the first half, touching the ball fewer times than any other player on the pitch.

However, he was in the right place just in time to open the scoring for Tite’s side, capitalizing on the lead after Vinicius Jr.’s shot was parried by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic on the hour mark.

Read more: Richarlison answers questions from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino with the Brazil national team

He secured the win with a stunning effort just 10 minutes later, controlling a cross in the air before spinning and curling the ball acrobaticly into the near post.

Shearer was quick to pay tribute to the Spurs star after the game on the BBC’s coverage of the match, noting in particular his first goal as an enjoyable effort from the striker’s point of view.

“His goals were different[to each other],” Shearer said. “The first goal is a Sayyad goal, the kind of goal that gives me as much satisfaction as seeing great volleying with his second goal, but he’s a guy in good form with that yellow jersey.

“He has yet to score in the Premier League with Tottenham this season but for Brazil he looks like he’s on fire.”

Richards hinted at questions about whether the forward should be Brazil’s main attacker, noting that the former Everton star has emphatically answered his doubters.

Richards added, “When you look at Brazil we were all excited before we came on today, we were thinking: ‘Are they going to make an offer for us? They upset us and tease us and in the second half that came’.”

“Richarlison, you know who was Marmite at times, but today he really showed us why he’s number 9 in Brazil. You have the likes of Jesus on the bench, Firmino at home, he’s not here, and he [Richarlison] Show today why it’s No. 9.”

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