Tite Announces Squad for Russian Federation and Germany Friendlies

Tite Announces Squad for Russian Federation and Germany Friendlies

Rio: Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar's forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russian Federation and Germany.

Tite has named a couple of new faces in Willian Jose and Anderson Talisca but mentioned that the list does not included several players who might be a part of the final roster for the World Cup.

The squad includes a host of household names including Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho, Premier League attackers Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino, Chelsea ace Willian and Paris Saint-Germain defenders Dani Alves and Thiago Silva.

Doctors have yet to set a firm date for Neymar's return.

In what was the coach's final squad before settling on his 23-man group for this year's World Cup, Valencia goalkeeper Neto, Besiktas star Anderson Talisca and Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose have joined the Selecao.

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"I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end", coach Tite told a press conference on Monday.

The Seleção play Russian Federation in Moscow on Friday, 23 rd March, before travelling to Berlin to face Germany on Tuesday, 27 th March.

The five-times world champions kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 before facing Costa Rica and Serbia.

Talisca, who is shining at Turkey's Besiktas, is recalled, following two friendlies in 2014.

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