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World Cup: 'Aged' Alves Makes Brazil Squad, Coutinho, Firmino Out [FULL LIST]

World Cup: 'Aged' Alves Makes Brazil Squad, Coutinho, Firmin

Roberto Firmino

Brazil have included 39-year-old defender Daniel Alves but left out Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and Phillippe Coutinho out of their 26-man World Cup squad which was named by coach Tite on Monday.

Four years after having been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to a knee ligament injury, long-serving Alves got emotional while celebrating what will be his third tournament with five-time world champions Brazil.

"Today is a day of victory and I'm very proud because four years ago my tears were due to sadness and today they are of happiness," Alves said in a video posted on his social media.

"I can't please everyone, but what I can do is not fail those who trust my dedication and love for this sport and to wear my country's colours."

After leaving Barcelona at the end of last season, Alves joined Mexican side Pumas UNAM. However, his last game for Pumas came in September in which he sustained a knee injury that has been troubling him since.

He has been working on his recovery with the Barcelona academy medical and technical staff over the last few weeks.

"We have been following his recovery up close and all the data that we have from Barcelona doctors show that he is fit to play," Brazil team physician Fabio Mahseredjian told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Tite said Alves still had attributes to offer the team that were not just limited to his years of experience.

"He adds technical and tactical aspects that are impressive, to be an organiser, an articulator," Tite said. "Sure, he is not a 60 to 70 metres player anymore, but he has other virtues.

"The criteria awards his technical quality, but mental and physical aspects too."

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli was one of nine forwards in a list dominated by 12 players from England's Premier League.

The emergence of a new generation of attacking players like Martinelli, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Raphinha, Gabriel and Pedro resulted in Firmino, 31, failing to make the squad.

Aston Villa attacking midfielder Coutinho also did not make the list after sustaining a thigh injury in training over the weekend that will sideline him for several weeks.

Brazil will take four centre-backs - Juventus' Bremer, Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos, Chelsea's Thiago Silva and Real Madrid's Eder Militao while leaving out Roger Ibanez (AS Roma), Lucas Verissimo (Benfica) and Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal).

The Brazilian FA also announced that former PSG manager Ricardo Gomes will join Tite's staff as an assistant.

The squad and Tite will gather on November 14 at Juventus' training facilities in Turin, where Brazil will hold a five-day training camp before flying to Doha on November 19.

Brazil open their World Cup campaign in Qatar against Serbia on November 24 and also face Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

Brazil's 26-man squad for the 2022 Qatar World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Man. City), Weverton (Palmeiras).

Defenders: Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid) Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Danilo (Juventus), Daniel Alves (Pumas), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla).

Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Casemiro (Man. United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Man. United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham).

Forwards: Antony (Man. United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar Jr (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)

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3 Iran 3 3
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