As we inch closer to the scintillating FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, five-time world Champions Brazil have unveiled their World Cup squad. The squad looks tremendously strong on all departments with a plethora of first-team club players giving up the much-needed spice to the team.
There was a growing bit of concern of talisman Neymar, who was sidelined from footballing action for his club Paris Saint Germain due to a fractured metatarsal in March. However, the skillful customer made it back to the training last week much to the joy of Brazil fans. To add on to the happiness, Neymar Junior has been named in the 23-man squad for Russia.
Among the Premier League players, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Chelsea’s Willian and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Ederson, and Danilo are sure to represent the men in yellow in Russia.
The midfielder looks a towering area of strength for the South American giants with heavyweights like Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa, and Casemiro up there with the above-mentioned players.
However, the team missed out on a few big names like Dani Alves and David Luiz because of their injury concerns. Marquinhos, Miranda, Thiago Silva, and Marcelo are the notable names in the Brazil back line. The goalkeeping spot will be a tough one to decide for the head coach with City’s Ederson and AS Roma’s Alisson both bringing out their A game for their clubs.
Here is the full squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).
Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio).
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).
Forward: Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).