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NEYMAR RETURNS AS EDERSON EARNS A CALL UP IN BRAZIL SQUAD

Brazil’s coach Tite has released a strong squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifier though they have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

The Selecao are nine points clear on the top with four matches to spare but are not giving any room for complacency.

Tite had hinted at selecting an increased number of domestic-based players but has opted to name a strong squad for the fixtures.

Manchester City’s new goal keeper, Ederson Moraes has been handed a bright opportunity to impress as he gets to make his debut for his homeland.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea’s David Luiz and Douglas Costa of JUventus are the two notable casualties who miss out.

Neymar Santos Jnr makes a return to his home country for the first time since completing a world-record €222 million (A$331.91 million) transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. He was given the permission to sit out for the last two matches played in Australia against Argentina and Australia respectively.

Five players were dropped from the group which in March secured the team’s spot in Russia 2018.

Brazil leads South American World Cup qualifiers with 33 points after 14 games. They will play sixth-placed Ecuador on Aug.31 in Porto Alegre and second-placed Colombia away on Sep.5.

Brazil squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Cassio, Ederson

Defenders: Dani Alves, Rodrigo Caio, Fagner, Filipe Luis, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Miranda, Thiago Silva

Midfielders: Renato Augusto, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Fernandinho, Giuliano, Luan, Paulinho, Willian

Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Taison

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