Last Updated: 2018-03-13
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RIO DE JANEIRO, March 13 (NNN-EFE)-- Brazil national coach Tite announced on Monday a squad with some surprises, such as forward Willian Jose, for upcoming friendlies against Germany and Russia that the South American side is facing without injured star Neymar.

He acknowledged that the 25-man list does not include several players who may be part of the final roster for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

This month’s friendlies are to be the last tune-ups before the competition begins in June.

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 foot surgery.

Doctors have yet to set a firm date for Neymar’s return.

Also making his debut for Brazil will be Anderson Talisca, who plays professional for Turkish club Besiktas.

Brazil will be away to Russia on March 23 and head to Germany four days later for a match against the defending World Cup champions.

It will be the Brazilians’ first meeting with Germany since their 7-1 loss to the European side in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“I want to give all the athletes opportunities right up until the end,” Tite told a press conference. The final roster for World Cup was not released yet because everybody is still being evaluated.”--NNN-EFE