Brazil has dropped the list of players that they will be taking to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Surprisingly Arsenal forwards Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus made the list but Roberto Firmino of Liverpool was left out of the squad.
Arsenal’s 21-year-old Martinelli has scored five goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season, while Firmino who has scored six goals in 12 games is left out. Striker Gabriel Jesus was recalled after being left out of September’s friendlies.
But there is no place for their Arsenal team-mate, defender Gabriel. Brazil will start their campaign against Serbia on 24 November, followed by games against Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G. They have won five World Cup titles, with their most recent victory in 2002, but lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals in 2018.
There are 12 Premier League players in Tite’s squad, with Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson to battle for the starting goalkeeper’s spot. Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has been named, while the midfielders include Manchester United’s Casemiro and Fred, Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes, Liverpool’s Fabinho and West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta.
The oldest player in the team is former Barcelona and Juventus 39-year-old star player Dani Alves who now plays for Mexican side Pumas UNAM. In their attack line, they have Manchester United’s Anthony and Tottenham’s Richarlison with Paris St-Germain star Neymar.
They have been concerned as Flamengo striker Pedro, who has two caps for Brazil, was also selected ahead of Firmino. The 25-year-old celebrated his call-up by proposing to his girlfriend straight after hearing the news.
Brazil squad for Qatar 2022 World Cup
Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
Dani Alves (UNAM), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)
Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Richarlison (Tottenham Hotspur), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid).