Rio de Janeiro (AFP)
The French star of Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazilian Neymar, will lead his country in the two friendly matches against Ghana and Tunisia as part of the preparations for the “samba” team for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year, while his compatriots Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho are absent, according to what the national coach Tite said on Friday.
The five-time world champions are preparing to play friendlies in France, against Ghana on the 23rd of this month in Havre, and then Tunisia on the 27th in Paris.
Tite summoned the two stars of Saint-Germain, Neymar (74 goals in 119 international matches) and defender Marquinhos (4 goals in 69 games), to the former French Lyon player and current West Ham English player Lucas Paqueta (7 goals in 32 games), among a list of 26 players.
In addition to the previous names, a group of Brazilian stars such as Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), and recent arrivals to Manchester United, Anthony and Casemiro.
On the other hand, Tite decided not to call up Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus (56 caps), who starred at the beginning of the current season with his new team, the leaders of the league, after moving from his compatriot Manchester City, scoring 3 goals, and Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa), who played 68 games for Brazil and scored 21 a target.
Brazil plays in the World Cup in Qatar in Group G along with Cameroon, Serbia and Switzerland.
Here is the Brazil squad:
Keepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeras)
Defenders: Danilo, Alex Sandro and Bremer (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla, Spain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Chelsea, England), and Ibaniesh (Roma, Italy).
Midfielders: Casemiro (Manchester United), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Fred (Manchester United), Fabinho (Liverpool), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham), Everton Ribebro (Flamingo).
Forwards: Anthony (Manchester United), Firmino (Liverpool), Matos Kona (Atletico Madrid), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedro (Flamingo), Rafinha (Barcelona, Spain), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid) and Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid).