Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Danilo, Fagner named in Brazil's World Cup squad

Danilo, Fagner named in Brazil's World Cup squad

"He can now begin training with the ball and we expect him to participate in our [pre-World Cup] friendlies".

"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".

He has been replaced by Manchester City right-back Danilo, while Neymar recovered in time to be named in Tite's selection.

The poster boy of Brazilian football who plies his trade for PSG is now recuperating from a broken metatarsal injury he suffered in March, and the football-crazy nation of Brazil will be hoping their dribbling wizard would be fit enough to inspire the Samba boys in Russian Federation. "And sometimes it goes beyond numbers, it has to do with feeling".

He said the national team, seeking a record sixth World Cup, stands out for being "aggressive, scoring goals".

Brazil starts its World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17, followed by Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

Tite said Brazil was one of the favorites for the title, but refused to name other candidates.

The Selecao will prepare for the tournament with friendlies against Croatia and Austria on June 3 and 10, respectively.

The Premier League is also the best-represented division in the squad as the additions of Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and Chelsea winger Willian bring its count to six. "We have to concentrate on preparing", Tite said.

The inclusion of Taison, the coach admitted, suggested Coutinho could be taking a role in central midfield and leaving his spot for Willian. "The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently", Tite said.

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