A posse of English Premier League players led by Chelsea’s Willian, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino will lead Brazil’s quest in upcoming friendlies against World Cup hosts Russia and reigning champions Germany later in the month.
Manchester duo of goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Fernandinho make up the quintuplet from England but Juventus star Alex Sandro was the surprise omission in Coach Tite’s Brazil squad.
However, uncapped trio Valencia goalkeeper Neto, Besiktas midfielder Anderson Talisca and Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose will all get a chance to make their debut in the upcoming international friendlies.
Expectedly, team talisman Neymar is missing as he recovers from a broken foot, but the team still reeks of star quality with Philippe Coutinho, Marcelo, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Casemiro, Willian and Ederson set to face Russia in Moscow on March 23 and Germany in Berlin four days later.
“I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end,” said Tite, whose Brazil will meet Germany for the first time since their humiliating 7-1 loss at the 2014 World Cup.
“The final roster for World Cup was not released yet because everybody is still being evaluated.”
There were spots for three home-based stars as well as for China-based Renato Augusto of Beijing Guoan.
Brazil squad in full: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Neto (Valencia); Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Miranda (Inter), Pedro Geromel (Gremio), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain); Casemiro (Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Talisca (Besiktas), Willian (Chelsea); Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Willian Jose (Real Sociedad), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)