Premier League Stars Headline Brazil Squad For Russia, Germany Friendlies

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Rio: Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar's forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russian Federation and Germany.

With star attacker Neymar unavailable after foot surgery, uncapped Real Sociedad attacker Willian Jose was selected among the new faces.

Those games on 23 and 27 March will be Brazil's last warm-ups before heading to their base in Sochi, southern Russian Federation, for the World Cup starting 14 June.

This month's friendlies are to be the last tune-up games before the competition begins in June.

Also making his debut for Brazil will be Anderson Talisca, who plays as a professional for Turkish club Besiktas. The Seleção play Russian Federation in Moscow on Friday, 23 rd March, before travelling to Berlin to face Germany on Tuesday, 27 th March.


They have lost just once in the 17 matches since Tite took over, 1-0 to Argentina in a 2017 friendly in Australia, but the match against Germany in particular will be a big test and the first time they have faced the Europeans since they went down 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final four years ago.

"I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end", coach Tite told a press conference on Monday.

Defenders: Marcelo, Daniel Alves, Filipe Luis, Fagner, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel, Rodrigo Caio.

Premier League players Ederson, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Willian are all selected.

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