Dani Alves rejoins Brazil for World Cup qualifiers

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Brazil trainer Tite has recalled 38-year-old veteran Dani Alves for their World Cup qualifiers from Ecuador and Paraguay on 4 and 8 June.

It will be the first international appearance since October 2019 for its Sao Paulo wide player, who had been named player of the championship when Brazil won the Copa America that year.

“It is great to see him playing at a high degree,” Tite told a news conference.

Alves, who won trophies with Sevilla, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before returning to Brazil in 2019, could play in his fourth World Cup next year.

So too can 36-year-old Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, also named to the group.

The June matches will also mark the return to the Selecao of Manchester United midfielder Fred, who hadn’t been called up for national team duty since the 2018 World Cup.

Unsurprisingly, Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar will also feature for the five-time globe winners.

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Brazil has been in first place in South American qualifying for Qatar, with 12 points from four games.

Argentina is second with 10 points and Ecuador in third with nine.

After the next round of qualifiers, South American teams will switch gears to the Copa America, which kicks off on June 13 and will be hosted for the first time by 2 countries, Argentina and Colombia.

BRAZIL SQUAD:

Defenders: Dani Alves (Sao Paulo), Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Eder Militao (Actual Madrid/ESP), Lucas Verissimo (Benfica/POR), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Thiago Silva (Chelsea/ENG)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa/ENG), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon/FRA)

Forwards: Everton”Cebolinha” (Benfica/POR), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City/ENG), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Richarlison (Everton/ENG), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid/ESP).

 

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