Neymar makes Brazil World Cup squad

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.

Brazil coach Tite has already announced his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with world-record transfer Neymar headlining his selection.

Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery in March, and Brazil Football Confederation doctors believe he will be fit to train next week in Teresopolis, where preparations will begin, and play on June 3 in a friendly against Croatia in Liverpool.

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"Brazil are one of the favorites because of the football we have played, our consistency, our aggressiveness, our goals and our quick transitional play", he said.

Brazil will be looking to win the World Cup for a record sixth time in Russian Federation.

"We will be much stronger with Neymar doing well, but for him to do well the rest of the team has to be well, too", he said.

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Tite's 23-man squad, which was without any other major hiccups, saw Alves replaced by Danilo (Manchester City) and Fagner, whom Tite knows from his time at the helm of Corinthians' 2015 national championship-winning team.

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

Likewise, Brazil's coaching staff is mulling over whether to use Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho on the left or in a central midfield role. "But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form", Tite said. "He's one of the three best players in the world, but for him to be at his peak, he needs a solid team around him", Tite said.

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