Brazil Announce 23-man World Cup Squad

Dani Alves had collapsed on the pitch after feeling a sharp pain in his right knee

Dani Alves had collapsed on the pitch after feeling a sharp pain in his right knee

The Selecao are among the teams fancied to challenge for the crown in Russian Federation, but they will be without key defender Dani Alves through injury.

Rio de Janeiro: Striker Neymar, who hasn't played a game since breaking his foot in February, was named on Monday as the star of the Brazilian national team which will seek a record sixth World Cup out in Russian Federation.

As expected, forward Neymar was included as he completes the final stage of his recovery from a foot injury, while Shakhtar Donetsk pair Fred and Taison were among few surprises.

Coach Tite announced the team list at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Neymar should be able to "regain match fitness" when he takes part in friendlies against Croatia on June 3 and Austria on June 10, Lasmar said.

The South American giants were the first team qualify for Russian Federation 2018, and are among the favourites for the World Cup.


"We will be a good deal stronger with Neymar".

Manchester City quartet Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus are among the Premier League-based players named in the squad.

All but one of Tite's starting lineup in World Cup qualifiers was confirmed in the squad: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

Likewise, Brazil's coaching staff is mulling over whether to use Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho on the left or in a central midfield role.

They are joined by Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Chelsea's Willian. "But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form", Tite said. Tite said he needs "a pacemaker" in the team, which he has not received from Beijing Guoan's Renato Augusto.

Five-time champions, Brazil will contest Group E with Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland.

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