Tite has named an exciting squad for the upcoming friendly matches, although injury has deprived Vinicius Junior of a first cap.
Brazil’s players have arrived in Porto as they prepare for the upcoming friendly matches against Panama and Czech Republic.
Tite has named a young squad with the likes of Everton, Lucas Paqueta, Felipe Anderson given opportunities. By Tite’s cautious standards, this was an adventurous squad selection – encouraging ahead of the Copa America later this year and after some of the uninspiring friendly performances served up by the team last year.
18 year old Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior was called up for the first time, but he will have to wait to make his debut after suffering an injury. He was replaced by David Neres, whose good Champions League form for Ajax convinced Tite to give him a chance ahead of Dudu of Palmeiras.
Dani Alves and Felipe Luis were called up, but have also since pulled out with injury and been replaced by Fagner and Porto’s Alex Telles. Older, and out of form players such as Marcelo, Renato Augusto, Paulinho, Willian and Douglas Costa were left out altogether, while Fernandinho would have been selected but missed out through injury.
The friendly matches – against Panama, on Saturday in Porto, and the Czech Republic on Tuesday in Prague – are the final opportunity for Tite to experiment before he names his squad for the Copa America later this year. I’m hoping to see a little more entertainment, and ambition from the team, than I saw against Uruguay in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium last year.
Full squad (as of 18 March):
Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
Fagner (Corinthians), Danilo (Manchester City), Alex Telles (Porto), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Internazionale), Thiago Silva (PSG), Militão (Porto)
Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fabinho (Liverpool), Arthur (Barcelona), Allan (Napoli), Paquetá (Milan), Felipe Anderson (West Ham), Coutinho (Barcelona)
Everton (Grêmio), Richarlison (Everton), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
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