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FIFA World Cup Update: Brazil’s Tite Names Final Squad

 

FIFA World Cup record champions Brazil became the first team to reveal it’s final squad ahead of the 2018 tournament that gets underway next month.

The squad was revealed by head coach Tite on Monday with skipper Neymar also part of the team after a long lay off.

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The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been recovering from right foot surgery in March but makes a timely recovery to boost the Selecao.

However, his teammate at PSG, Dani Alves is ruled out after sustaining an injury on his right ankle over the weekend.

Tite has called up Fagner of Corinthians and Manchester City’s Danilo to fill the void in the right back position.

“The challenge is open on the right-back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently,” Tite said at his hour-long news conference as quoted by ESPN.

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The squad will convene in Brazil on 21 May before travelling to London a week later, basing themselves at Tottenham’s training centre before friendlies with Croatia at Anfield on 3 June and Austria in Vienna on 10 June. They are expected to arrive in Russia on 11 June before their opener against Switzerland on 17 June.

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Brazil is in group E alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

Brazil Squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians)

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Geromel (Gremio),Marcelo (Real Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians), Danilo (Manchester City), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Forwards: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Firmino (Liverpool), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Douglas Costa (Juventus)

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