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Thrilled Furman at international call

30 August 2012

Dean named in South Africa squad

Dean Furman has spoken of his delight at his recall to the South Africa squad after a four-year absence.

Latics' captain has been named in the squad to play Brazil and Mozambique early next month.

Furman, who only previous experience with the senior squad was as an unused substitute against Australia in 2008, said: "I am immensely proud to have been called into the squad.

"It will be an unbelievable experience to be involved, especially against Brazil with all the top players they have.

"I just hope to do myself justice and show what I can do."

The Brazil squad includes many of their star players including Neymar and Thiago Silva.

After that game in Sao Paolo on Friday, September 7th, Furman will return to South Africa for the Mozambique friendly four days later.

Furman was told of his selection one week ago, but had to keep it secret until the squad was formally announced today.

He believes a succession of managerial changes had cost him the chance to be involved at senior level for South Africa.

But he added he had an inkling he might feature in the plans of new manager Gordon Igesund.

He said: "The manager called me a couple of weeks ago to ask about my fitness and also my pre-season.

"He has also been in touch with the gaffer (Paul Dickov) so I knew he was monitoring me.

"It will be great for me to be involved and also for my family who closely follow my career."

Furman is one of seven uncapped players named in the squad of 25 which includes Everton's Steven Pienaar who is one four England-based players who are involved.

He continued: "There are also a lot well-known players in the squad and ones who are playing all over the world.

"As an outsider, it will take me a few days to get settled and to get to know the team, but it will be a great experience."

Furman is pictured proudly holding his call-up letter.


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