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Neymar Returns To Brazil Squad For World Cup Qualifiers

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has returned to Brazil's squad for the start of the South American zone 2022 World Cup qualifiers, head coach Tite said on Friday.
08 Mar 2020 13:40
Neymar Returns To Brazil Squad For World Cup Qualifiers
Neymar (L) of Paris Saint-Germain competes during the Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Bordeaux in Paris, France, Feb. 23, 2020. (Photo by Jack Chan/Xinhua)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has returned to Brazil’s squad for the start of the South American zone 2022 World Cup qualifiers, head coach Tite said on Friday.

As expected, the 28-year-old will form part of an attack that also includes Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Flamengo pair Gabriel Barbosa and Bruno Henrique.

But there was no place for Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, while Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was also absent because of a hip injury.

Five-time world champions Brazil will begin their quest for a Qatar 2022 berth by hosting Bolivia in Recife on March 27 before a clash with Peru in Lima four days later.

Neymar (R) of Paris Saint-Germain vies with Enock Kwateng of Bordeaux during the Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Bordeaux in Paris, France, Feb. 23, 2020. (Photo by Jack Chan/Xinhua)

Neymar (R) of Paris Saint-Germain vies with Enock Kwateng of Bordeaux during the Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Bordeaux in Paris, France, Feb. 23, 2020. (Photo by Jack Chan/Xinhua)

“It’s the start of our path to the World Cup and there is a great responsibility,” Tite told a news conference here. “We’ve been constantly monitoring (players) and made our decisions accordingly.”

Neymar has not represented Brazil since October, having missed November friendlies against Argentina and South Korea with a thigh injury.

The former Barcelona star is currently the third highest scorer in Brazil’s history, having netted 61 times in 99 games. He is just one goal behind two-time World Cup-winner Ronaldo and 16 shy of record holder and three-time world champion Pele.

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