“Andre Carrillo is a player who has much to offer and who works hard in attack and defence. He is the archetypal Peruvian footballer.”
That praise for a player they call La Culebra (‘The Snake’) came from Peru coach Ricardo Gareca following the nation’s two 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ warm-up matches in March. It explains Carrillo’s presence in the team, where he is invariably a starter wide on the right, though he can also operate on the left.
Carrillo has extensive European experience. After making his professional debut with Alianza Lima in 2009 and spending two productive years with the club, he earned a move to Portugal, playing for Sporting CP and then Benfica. At the start of the 2017/18 season he signed for English Premier League side Watford.
He won his first cap in 2011 under Sergio Markarian and featured in the Peru sides that took third place at the 2011 and 2015 Copa Americas. Despite being out of the side for a year, Carrillo made 11 appearances during the Russia 2018 qualifiers, scoring one goal.