Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City stars included in Brazil's squad for finals

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City stars included in Brazil's squad for finals

Striker Neymar, who hasn't played a game since breaking his foot in February, was named Monday as the star of the Brazilian national team which will seek a record sixth World Cup out in Russian Federation.

Injured right back and team leader Dani Alves was replaced by Manchester City's Danilo and Corinthians' Fagner.

They are pipped in the squad by experienced Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis who will be the primary back-up to Marcelo and Geromel who plies his trade in the Brazilian league.

Coach Tite said Neymar was one of the top three players in the world, but insisted his team didn't depend on him alone.

The 56-year-old manager admitted that some of the players chosen - such as Fagner and Taison - were favored by having played under him at club level.

Brazil team medical staff revealed that their star forward's recovery was going well and he could potentially face the Croats at Anfield on June 3.

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Tite accepted that his team would be among the frontrunners to win football's flagship event for a sixth time.

Tite praised PSG's Alves for his "enormous heart, his exemplary courage", but said the player's disappointment had to be set aside.

For the finals, Brazil are in a group with Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland.

"At first, Gabriel Jesus is our starter". "The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently", Tite said.

Manchester City quartet Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus are included, along with Chelsea's Willian and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino.

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