Brazil name 25-man unit without Neymar for friendlies vs Russia, Germany

Brazil name 25-man unit without Neymar for friendlies vs Russia, Germany

Brazil name 25-man unit without Neymar for friendlies vs Russia, Germany

A posse of English Premier League players led by Chelsea's Willian, Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino will lead Brazil's quest in upcoming friendlies against World Cup hosts Russian Federation and reigning champions Germany later in the month.

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.

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. The talent-packed side's preparations have been sidetracked by the foot injury Neymar suffered playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February.

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Among the athletes are 30 neutral competitors from Russian Federation , which remains suspended by the IPC over a mass doping scandal.

"The final roster for World Cup was not released yet because everybody is still being evaluated".

Also making his debut for Brazil will be Anderson Talisca, who plays as a professional for Turkish club Besiktas. Those games on March 23 and 27 will be Brazil's last warm-ups before heading to their base in Sochi, southern Russian Federation, for the World Cup starting June 14.

This will be Brazil's first meeting with Germany after their disastrous 7-1 loss in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which also happened in the absence of Neymar.

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