Tite turns to new faces in latest Brazil squad


Brazil coach Tite named a number of uncapped players in his squad for March friendlies against Germany and Russia.

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

Tite acknowledged that the 25-man list does not include several players who are likely to be part of the final squad for this year's FIFA World Cup.

"I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end," Tite said.

"The final roster for World Cup was not released yet because everybody is still being evaluated."

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

Also selected for a possible debut is Anderson Talisca, who plays for Turkish club Besiktas.

The squad includes a host of household names including Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho, Premier League attackers Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino, Chelsea ace Willian and Paris Saint-Germain defenders Dani Alves and Thiago Silva.

Brazil will be away to World Cup hosts Russia on March 23 and world champions Germany four days later.

It will be the Brazilians' first meeting with Germany since their 7-1 loss in the semi-finals of the World Cup on home soil.

Brazil squad:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma) Ederson (Manchester City), Neto (Valencia)

Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid) Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain) Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Willian (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Anderson Talisca (Besiktas), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan)

Forwards: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Willian Jose (Real Sociedad).

Source: AAP

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