13 Mar

Brazil have released the list of players to play the upcoming friendlies against Panama and Czech Republic ahead of the next international break. The squad announced by coach Tite is a 23 man squad featuring some new faces and surprise omissions.

One of the new faces is Real Madrid teenage sensation, Vinicius Junior, the 18-year-old has enjoyed an extended run in the first team and has been rewarded with his first call-up. The silky winger is seen as a future star player for the Selecao and Tite wants to blend him into the national team.

Vinicius Junior tweeted his delight on making the call-up and alluded that at his young age he had already made 100 appearances with his first cap close to fruition. It is understood that the winger was called up as a replacement for star player Neymar who is out with a broken Metatarsal injury.

One major omission was that of fellow teammate Marcelo, the left-back has endured a frustrating season at the Bernabeu. He has been below par and recently lost out of the first team to young defender Reguillion.

However, Brazil’s assistant coach Sylinho revealed that the player’s absence was due to a lack of first-team football and when he rediscovers his form he is certain to be called up to the national team.

PSG ace Dani Alves was a surprise inclusion as he missed the World Cup due to injury many had thought that age 35 the player wouldn’t get a look in. However,Tite is a big fan of the right-back can he has earned his spot back in the national team.

Struggling Barcelona midfielder Phillippe Coutinho makes the cut while Lucas Paqueta fine form at AC Milan is rewarded with a spot in the 23 man squad.

Brazil next plays competitive football in the Copa America which they host in the month of June.

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