Brazil squad for World Cup 2018 at Russia has been announced, as Boss Tite intends to direct the Selecao to glory for the sixth time.
The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred that has linked with a move to Manchester United was included in the group together with his team-mate at Ukraine, Taison, the 30-year-old striker.
Atletico Madrid’s Felipe Luis chosen as the backup for its Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, which means there’s not any spot for Juventus defender Alex Sandro. Manchester City’s Danilo will contend with Fagner of Corinthians to become Brazil’s first-choice right-back following Dani Alves withdrew from the group with a knee injury.
The group will convene in Brazil on 21 May before traveling to London a week after, basing themselves in Tottenham’s training center before friendlies with Croatia in Anfield on 3 June and Austria at Vienna on 10 June.
Tite’s guys take on Switzerland in 34 days because of their opening Group E match, and they have a team bursting with ability and expertise.
Star guy Neymar has just returned to fitness, and despite not playing club Paris-Saint Germain, the samba celebrity is still expected to play a critical part for his nation in this summer’s championship.
Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said in a news conference in Rio de Janeiro he examined Neymar on the weekend and the results were positive.
‘This is the final stage of his recovery, he will be able to go to training sessions soon, and will play the friendlies,’ Rodrigo Lasmar Brazil Doctor said.
Tite emphasis on team play rather than depending on one star to outclass opposition.
‘We will be much stronger with Neymar doing well, but for him to do well the rest of the team has to be well, too,’ he said.
‘At first, Gabriel Jesus is our starter. But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form.’
The inclusion of Taison, the coach admitted, suggested Philippe Coutinho could be taking a role in central midfield which provides a spot for Willian.
‘Coutinho can play in the middle and in the flanks, he is versatile,’ Tite added.
‘Sometimes preparation gives you elements that you didn’t have, and force you to change your mind.’
Tite is more than hopeful to clinch this world title for the sixth time in upcomingWorldCupp which is going to be held in Russia in Summers.
Brazil Squad for World Cup 2018
Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Man City), Cassio (Corinthians)
Danilo (Manchester City), Geromel (Gremio), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris St Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Fagner (Corinthians), Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain)
Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea)
Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (Paris St Germain), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).