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World Cup 2018: Brazil names 23-man squad [ Shakhtar pair Fred and Taison Included]
The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, has been included in the squad along with his team-mate in Ukraine, Taison, the 30-year-old striker.
Atletico Madrid’s Felipe Luis has been selected as back-up for the Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, meaning there is no place for Juventus defender Alex Sandro. Manchester City’s Danilo will compete with Fagner of Corinthians to be Brazil’s first-choice right-back after Dani Alves withdrew from the squad with a knee injury.
The squad will convene in Brazil on 21 May before travelling to London a week later, basing themselves at Tottenham’s training centre before friendlies with Croatia at Anfield on 3 June and Austria in Vienna on 10 June. They are expected to arrive in Russia on 11 June before their opener against Switzerland on 17 June.
Squad in full
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Man City), Cassio (Corinthians)
Full-backs: Marcelo (Real Madrid) Danilo (Man City), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians).
Centre-backs: Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio).
Midfielders: Willian (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Man City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Fred (Shakhtar).
Forwards: Neymar (PSG), Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Taison (Shakhtar).
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