Brazil Boss Names Surprise Captain For WC Friendly
Brazil Boss Names Surprise Captain For 2018 FIFA World Cup Friendly
Brazil coach Tite, who announced his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup earlier this week, has now revealed the surprise player who will likely captain the Selecao in their next friendly.
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The five-time world champions, who were the first team to qualify for the tournament in Russia, were drawn in Group E alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia, and have lined up preparation matches against Croatia on 3 June and Austria on 10 June.
Tite has now stated that he is likely to give the armband to 21-year-old Gabriel Jesus after Dani Alves, Brazil's the most recent captain, picked up an injury and will miss the World Cup.
"All of the starters, including Willian, Thiago Silva, Felipe Luis, Fernandinho, who are players who have constantly entered the team, they have already been captains. The only one who has not yet been captain is Gabriel Jesus," he said, as quoted by Sambafoot.
"We will decide and will continue to make this rotation, which is a way of extending leadership and technical leadership styles. But the captain who would replace Dani has not yet been defined."
Tite also insisted that Jesus is currently considered Brazil's main striker, despite public calls for in-form Roberto Firmino to start ahead of the Manchester City forward.
"It is true that Firmino did better than Gabriel Jesus, who was injured in the season. But Gabriel, in the Selecao, plays very well, So, yes, today he is our No. 9," he explained.
The Selecao lifted the famous Jules Rimet trophy in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002, and are among the favourites in Russia.
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