Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Neymar spearheads 'favorites' Brazil's World Cup bid

GETTYNeymar is facing a race against time to make the World Cup GETTYNeymar is facing a race against time to make the World Cup
Shannon Reynolds | 15 May, 2018, 12:52

"I'm giving these details to you a little bit before Tite, but only to tell you that he'll be working to get back all conditions and of playing with the group".

The South American giants were the first team qualify for Russian Federation 2018, and are among the favourites for the World Cup.

Leading Tite's charges will be Paris-Saint Germain trio of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and golden boy Neymar.

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said he was hopeful, with the bone's healing making "excellent progress".

They will begin their campaign against Switzerland on 17 June at Rostov Arena.

"We will be much stronger with Neymar doing well, but for him to do well the rest of the team has to be well, too", he said. Tite said he needs "a pacemaker" in the team, which he has not received from Beijing Guoan's Renato Augusto.

With Dani Alves ruled out of the World Cup, Fagner is odds on to feature at right-back.

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No club has more players in the Brazil squad than Premier League champions Manchester City, with four of their stars named by manager Tite: forward Gabriel Jesus, goalkeeper Ederson, midfielder Fernandinho and versatile defender Danilo.

Pedro Geromel (Gremio), third-choice goalkeeper Cassio and defender Fagner (both Corinthians) are the only players in the squad now plying their trade in the Brasileiro Serie A.

"We can't cry over those who are absent".

All but one of coach Tite's starting lineup in World Cup qualifiers was confirmed in the squad on Monday: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. "But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form", Tite said.

It will be the 29-year-old's second World Cup after his participation in his nation's hosting of it back in 2014.

Brazil's hugely unpopular president, Michel Temer, tweeted his support after the team announcement.

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