Rio: Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar's forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russian Federation and Germany.
Willian Jose, a starter with Spain's Real Sociedad, will be seeing his first action with the national team as a substitute for Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery.
These will be Brazil's last friendlies until the provisional World Cup squad is selected in May.
Doctors have yet to set a firm date for Neymar's return.
Talisca, who is shining at Turkey's Besiktas, is recalled, following two friendlies in 2014.
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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.
"I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end", Tite said.
A posse of English Premier League players led by Chelsea's Willian, Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino will lead Brazil's quest in upcoming friendlies against World Cup hosts Russian Federation and reigning champions Germany later in the month. The World Cup campaign will kick off on 17 June against Switzerland in Rostov.
It will be the Brazilians' first meeting with Germany since their 7-1 loss in the semi-finals of the World Cup on home soil. Find us on Facebook too!