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W/Cup: Brazil's man of faith Tite names squad


Can you believe it?   At a time when most coaches are penciling down probable players for their squad to Russia 2018, man of faith and Brazil Manager Tite has named his squad!

The former defensive midfielder did not only name a squad but even named his starting 11 with Brazil scheduled to open their campaign in Russia against Switzerland on June 17.

Speaking on Friday, the 56-year-old revealed there was no place for Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino or Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva in the first XI but they are in the 15 players he has selected.

‘The 11 who will start are Alisson; Marcelo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Daniel Alves; Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Casemiro, Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus,’ Tite said in an interview with UOL Esportes.

The team are expected to play in a 4-3-3 formation when they kick start their World Cup campaign in 120 days time against Switzerland in Group E.

The other two players that have been chosen for his squad so far are Manchester City’s Fernandinho and Chelsea’s Willian.

With just eight places remaining on the plane to Russia, several players will be looking to impress over the next four months.

In the Premier League, City’s shot-stopper Ederson is yet to make the squad as well as wing back Danilo while Chelsea’s out-of-favour David Luiz and Tottenham’s January signing Lucas Moura have also missed out for now.

Juventus’ Douglas Costa, Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis and Bayern Munich’s Rafinha will also be looking to stake their claim for a place in the squad.

Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup back in March and topped South American qualification.

Tite’s side will be in search of their sixth World Cup and after Switzerland they will face Costa Rica and Serbia in the group stages.

More squad information may however emerge when Brazil play Russia and Germany in friendly matches in March.

A good number of the coaches heading for Russia are not thinking of rolling out the names of players just now with many hoping that injury worries and other unforeseen circumstances may be out of the way by the time the final selection is made at least a month to  kickoff

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