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Dani Alves, Thiago Silva back for Brazil in FIFA World Cup qualifying

Dani Alves, a former Barcelona right-back, is one of the key players for Sao Paulo, while Thiago Silva has reached the UEFA Champions League final and the FA Cup final with Chelsea.

Dani Alves has made 118 appearances for Brazil. (Reuters)

Veteran defenders Dani Alves and Thiago Silva were brought back into the Brazil squad on Friday for next month’s World Cup qualifying matches against Ecuador and Paraguay.

Brazil coach Tite said the 38-year-old Alves and the 36-year-old Silva were called up because they are ?athletes who happen to play football.”

Alves, a former Barcelona right-back, is one of the key players for Sao Paulo, while Silva has reached the Champions League final with Chelsea.

Brazil leads the South American qualifying group with four wins from four matches, two points ahead of Argentina.

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The 10 South American teams had been scheduled to play matches in March, but they were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tite said the squad announced for the matches in Porto Alegre on June 4 and in Asuncion four days later is not necessarily for the Copa America, which kicks off on June 13.

Brazil last played in November, when it beat Uruguay 2-0. Tite said the six months of inactivity has hurt the team.

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“This halt affected all South American teams. It is a reality we wouldn’t like to live,” Tite said. “But we will have to be able to move other instruments to keep our competitiveness high up.”

BRAZIL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Sao Paulo), Danilo, Alex Sandro (Juventus), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Lucas Verissimo (Benfica)

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

Forwards: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Richarlison (Everton), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo), Everton (Benfica)

First published on: 14-05-2021 at 09:32:40 pm
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