Brazil coach Tite has now announced the team list at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Paris Saint-Germain’s influential right-back Dani Alves was not named in the 23-man squad after picking up a knee injury last week.
Manchester City’s Danilo, who will be alongside Corinthians’ Fagner, was chosen as the right man to replace the former Barcelona superstar.
Neymar’s returning form will be a key factor for the team, as the PSG star is set to return from injury for Brazil’s friendly against Croatia on 3 June 2018.
La contundencia de Gabriel Jesus, la magia de Neymar, la visión de Philippe Coutinho, la verticalidad de Willian, los recursos de Roberto Firmino y el desequilibrio de Douglas Costa. La ofensiva de Brasil para Rusia 2018 es una SALVAJADA. #GabrielJesus #Neymar #Coutinho #Willian #Firmino #DouglasCosta #SomosInvictos
Juventus star Alex Sandro doesn’t have any place in as Atletico Madrid left-back Felipe Luis has been selected to be a back-up for the Real Madrid’s Marcelo.
Meanwhile, Brazil is one of the favourites teams to win the World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Man City);
Defenders: Danilo (Man City); Fagner (Corinthians); Marcelo (Real Madrid); Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid); Miranda (Inter Milan); Marquinhos (PSG); Thiago Silva (PSG); Geromel (Gremio).
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid); Fernandinho (Man City); Paulinho (Barcelona); Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan); Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk); Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona); Willian (Chelsea).
Forwards: Neymar (PSG); Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City); Roberto Firmino (Liverpool); Douglas Costa (Juventus); Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).
The Selecao, that are looking to win the world’s glory for the sixth time, will be along with Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland in Group E. Their campaign begins against Switzerland on June 17.