With Neymar hurt, Brazil turn to new faces

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With Neymar hurt, Brazil turn to new faces

Brazil, in the absence of the injured Neymar, will be looking for their other stars to step up as they prepare to travel for friendlies against Russian Federation and Germany as the warm up for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

With star attacker Neymar unavailable after foot surgery, uncapped Real Sociedad attacker Willian Jose was selected among the new faces.

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.

"I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end", coach Tite told a press conference on Monday.

However, uncapped trio Valencia goalkeeper Neto, Besiktas midfielder Anderson Talisca and Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose will all get a chance to make their debut in the upcoming worldwide friendlies.

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The Selecao travel to Moscow to face World Cup hosts Russian Federation on March 23, and four days later go to Germany to face the holders in Berlin. It's the final set of matches for national teams before this summer's 2018 World Cup.

The five-times world champions kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17 before facing Costa Rica and Serbia.

Defenders: Marcelo, Daniel Alves, Filipe Luis, Fagner, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Pedro Geromel, Rodrigo Caio.

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