Premier League Stars Headline Brazil Squad For Russia, Germany Friendlies

Premier League Stars Headline Brazil Squad For Russia, Germany Friendlies

Willian Jose, a 26-year-old striker, was rewarded for his good season at Spanish side Real Sociedad with his first call up to the national side.

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Manchester duo of goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Fernandinho make up the quintuplet from England but Juventus star Alex Sandro was the surprise omission in Coach Tite's Brazil squad.

Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio and Germio's Pedro Geromel have also re-joined the group as Monaco's Jemerson misses out.

However, full-back Sandro was overlooked for this month's matches against World Cup host Russian Federation and reigning champion Germany, which Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar will miss as he recovers from a broken foot.

Both men were given the chance to impress in what was a larger than usual 25-man squad, Tite's last before naming the 23 who will go to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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Neymar has undergone successful surgery on his broken foot and is now recovering in Brazil.

Brazil play Russian Federation in Moscow on March 23 and then face World Cup winners Germany in Berlin four days later.

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Neto (Valencia).

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

That will be the first match between the two since the Germans routed Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semifinals.

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