Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City stars included in Brazil's squad for finals

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City stars included in Brazil's squad for finals

Neymar of course, has not been in action since fracturing his foot in February and is touch and go for the World Cup in Russian Federation, which is less than a month away.

They face a straightforward looking group, with Serbia, Costa Rica and Switzerland providing the opposition.

With AP Photos.Neymar has been confirmed in a Brazil 23-man World Cup squad of few surprises.

He said the national team, seeking a record sixth World Cup, stands out for being "aggressive, scoring goals".

Coach Tite said Neymar was one of the top three players in the world, but insisted his team didn't depend on him alone.

"We've been making new exams on Neymar and his evolution is really fine", he told a news conference.

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After sweeping aside South American opponents in the World Cup qualifiers, Brazil are seen as one of the strongest sides at the World Cup.

They are joined by Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Chelsea's Willian.

The only one of those 15 not in Monday's final squad was Dani Alves, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee ligament injury. "We have to concentrate on preparing", Tite said.

Manchester City quartet Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus are included, along with Chelsea's Willian and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino.

"Coutinho can play in the middle and in the flanks, he is versatile", Tite said.

The Brazil squad will convene in the capital on 21 May before travelling to London a week later, basing themselves at Tottenham's training centre before friendlies with Croatia at Anfield on 3 June and Austria in Vienna on 10 June. "The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently".

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