Jô received his first call-up to the Seleção in May 2007 and was in the squad to play against England later the same year. He got his international debut in friendly against Turkey, in June 2007. Due to a reported training ground bust up with Brazil manager Dunga, he has been continually overlooked in squad selections and is said to have accepted that as long as Dunga remains in charge, he is very unlikely to be capped and represent his country again.
Jô has proven to be a skillful, strong and pacey striker and proceeded to score 14 goals in his first 18 appearances for CSKA Moscow after joining them from boyhood club Corinthians. This secured his status as a fan-favourite with the Russian club and he also impressed in the UEFA Champions League scoring two goals in the matches against Inter Milan.
In the months between April and July of 2008 he was rumoured to be a target of Manchester City, AC Milan and Everton. He had been a target of Manchester City since the previous winter Transfer window of the 2007-2008 season and was signed by newly appointed manager Mark Hughes for a record £19 mill. in July 2008.