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Miguel Britos’ Uruguay rival “surprised” by Watford

Miguel Britos, who is at a loss to explain why he has never been called up to the Uruguay squad, will get the chance to test himself against one of his national team’s incumbent centre-halves on Saturday.

Britos spent seven years in Serie A, playing against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Gonzalo Higuain and Edison Cavani, but has never been called up by Oscar Tabárez let alone capped.

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“The coach doesn’t like me,” Britos told us recently. “I played in Italy for seven years and he never calls me, never text me. Other players have a chance but not me. I don’t know why.”

Sebastian Coates has been favoured by Tabárez, winning 17 caps, including one against Juan Carlos Paredes’ Ecuador last month. Coates, 25, is a certain starter for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and has been running the rule over Britos and his Watford teammates.

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“I’ve seen games that Watford have played, and they are a strong team with some really good players so it will be tough for us,” Coates told the Chronicle. “We need to be focused because we need three points. They have 22 points already, which is great for a newly-promoted side. A lot of people didn’t know much about them but they have surprised everybody and played well.”