Stars Snubbed For Brazil's 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad

Brazil unveil final 23-man squad for Russia 2018

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho feature as headliners in Brazil's provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, although Juventus left-back Alex Sandro misses out.

The only one of those 15 not in Monday's final squad was Dani Alves, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee ligament injury.

Manchester City's Danilo, who didn't play a single minute in Brazil's 18-match World Cup qualifying campaign, and Fagner, who is recovering from a thigh injury, were chosen ahead of Bayern Munich's Rafinha for the right-back role.

Tite said Brazil was one of the favorites for the title, but refused to name other candidates. "But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form", Tite said. "Sometimes preparation gives you elements that you didn't have, and force you to change your mind".

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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.

PSG were next, with Neymar and defenders Marquinhos and Thiago Silva all likely to play key roles in Russian Federation.

Brazil are in Group E and face Switzerland (June 17), Costa Rica (June 22) and Serbia (June 27).

Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Pedro Geromel, Marcelo, Filipe Luis; Casemiro, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Fred, Willian; Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Douglas Costa, Taison.

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