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Brazil announce FIFA WC squad, Firmino, Coutinho not included

Brazil coach Tite on Monday named his 26-man World Cup squad for Qatar, including 39-year-old defender Daniel Alves while leaving out Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino as the five-times champions prepare for the tournament starting on November 20.

Aston Villa attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is one veteran who didn’t make the list after sustaining a thigh injury in training over the weekend that will sideline him for several weeks.

The Brazil boss will be taking only four center-backs, with Juventus’ Bremer behind Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Eder Militao, while leaving Roger Ibanez (Roma) and Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal) out.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli was included in a list dominated by 12 players from the English Premier League.

The Brazilian FA also announced that former PSG manager Ricardo Gomes will join Tite’s staff as an assistant.

The squad and Tite will gather on November 14 at Juventus’ training facilities in Turin, where Brazil will hold a five-day training camp before flying to Doha on November 19.

Goalkeepers: Alisson – Liverpool (ENG), Ederson – Manchester City (ENG), Weverton – Palmeiras (BRA)

Defenders: Alex Sandro – Juventus (ITA), Alex Telles – Seville (ESP), Dani Alves – Pumas (MEX), Danilo – Juventus (ITA), Bremer – Juventus (ITA), Éder Militao – Real Madrid (ESP), Marquinhos – Paris Saint Germain (FRA), Thiago Silva – Chelsea (ENG)

Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes – Newcastle (ENG), Casemiro – Manchester United (ENG), Everton Ribeiro – Flamengo (BRA), Fabinho – Liverpool (ENG), Fred – Manchester United (ENG), Lucas Paquetá – West Ham United (ENG)

Forwards: Antony – Manchester United (ENG), Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal (ENG), Gabriel Martinelli – Arsenal (ENG), Neymar Jr. – Paris Saint Germain (FRA), Pedro – Flamengo (BRA), Raphinha – Barcelona (ESP), Richarlison – Tottenham (ENG), Rodrygo – Real Madrid (ESP), Vinicius Jr. – Real Madrid (ESP)