Thiago Silva earns Brazil recall for World Cup qualifiers

2 weeks ago by IANS

Apart from Thiago Silva, Manchester City's Fernandinho, Chelsea's Oscar, Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa and Liverpool's Robert Firmino were also recalled in a 24-man squad announced by Selecao chief coach Tite on Friday, reports Xinhua.

Former Brazil captain Silva has been in international exile since last year's Copa America, when he gave away a penalty with a handball in the team's quarter-final loss to Paraguay.

Tite revealed that one of the first things he did after being appointed Brazil coach in June was call Silva and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, who had also been out of favour under former Selecao boss Dunga.

Tito revealed during the press conference that,

"Thiago told me that it (an international recall) was what he most wanted.At no time did I guarantee their selection, but I wanted to know if they were available."

Tite said he also spoke by telephone with London club Chelsea's head coach Antonio Conte about Oscar.

"Oscar has been playing in a more defensive role. My Italian isn't great but Conte answered my call and gave me un update on Oscar, Willian, and other Chelsea players." 

Brazil will host Bolivia in Natal on October 6 before an away clash against Venezuela in Merida five days later.

The Selecao is currently second in the South American zone qualifying standings with 15 points from eight matches, one point behind Uruguay.

The top four teams at the end of the two-year qualifying campaign will book a berth in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The fifth-ranked side will earn a playoff spot.

Brazil squad for WCQ's:

Goalkeepers: Alex Muralha (Flamengo), Alisson (Roma), Weverton (Atletico Paranaense)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (PSG)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Oscar (Chelsea), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Neymar (Barcelona), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).


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