Something unusual happened during the recent international window in South America.

Two rounds of World Cup qualifiers took place with no Albion interest.

In recent times we have kept an eye on Alexis Mac Allister and Facundo Buonanotte with Argentina, Ecuador trio Moises Caicedo, Pervis Estupinan and Jeremy Sarmiento, Julio Enciso with Paraguay and Steven Alzate with Colombia.

Now, due to transfers, injuries or just non-selection, none of those are representing the Seagulls for their national teams.

That continues into the current set of fixtures, although Buonanotte has gone with Argentina under-23s for a pair of games in Japan.

However, we have someone to follow in the CONMEBOL region thanks to Joao Pedro’s first call-up for Brazil.

His nomination in Fernando Diniz’s squad came in the absence of two attacking stars in Neymar and Richarlison.

He linked up at the Brazilian federation headquarters in Teresopolis in Rio De Janeiro State on Monday.

Brazilian media were yesterday looking at the possible attacking options for Diniz ahead of a trip to Colombia and a home game with Argentina at the Maracana.

One of the options suggested was Joao Pedro as the No.9.

While on his first call-up, he has more experience in senior club football than Endrick, the Palmeiras teenager whose selection has attracted so much attention.

But a reporter close to the squad we spoke to suggested Joao Pedro might not get any minutes in the two games.

We were told: “I’d be surprised if he gets any minutes at all considering the level of opposition and the queue in the squad for a spot.

“But we will see. It’s not rare that I’m wrong!”

Gabriel Jesus has stayed in Rio and will miss the Colombia game as he recovers from an injury.

But he is expected to return to the frame by the time the world champions visit the Maracana.

Gazeta Esportiva are predicting an attacking unit of Raphinha, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior and Gabriel Martinelli in the 4-2-3-1 line-up to face Colombia.

Meanwhile, Buonanotte has been working with the Argentina youngsters in Shimizu under the careful eye of head coach Javier Mascherano.

The squad were put through an opening 90-minute session ahead of two games against Japan, the seocnd of them next Tuesday.