David Luiz’s hiatus from the Brazilian national team has now reached 12 months. Despite the center back’s key contributions to Chelsea’s title challenge, he was once again left off the team, just as he has been for every single international match since March 2016.
Their loss is our gain. Sorry, David. (Especially with his dodgy knee.)
In fairness, Brazil under Tite have won 7 of 7 while conceding just 1 goal — and even that was an own goal! — so whatever he’s doing is working quite well, to say the least.
Chelsea record transfer Oscar isn’t in the squad either (even though three others from China are), but Willian the Brillian is. Congrats, Big Willi Style!
The full squad to take on Uruguay and Paraguay in the upcoming first international break of 2017 (boo!) over the last two weeks of March are as follows.
GOALKEEPERS: Alisson (AS Roma), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica)
DEFENDERS: Dani Alves (Juventus), Thiago Silva (PSG), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Miranda (Inter), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Gil (Shandong), Fagner (Corinthians)
MIDFIELDERS: Willian (Chelsea), Paulinho (Guangzhou), Diego Ribas (Flamengo), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Guiliano (Zenit St. Petersburg)
FORWARDS: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Diego Souza (Sport Recife)
Couple interesting names in there from the Brazilian league (Fagner, Diego Souza, and the veteran Diego Ribas), but otherwise it’s a fairly standard and experienced selection.