The best Brazilian player on Earth will represent his country again.
Barcelona superstar Neymar Jr. has been called up by national team coach Tite to represent Brazil in the South American World Cup Qualifying matches against Bolivia (Oct. 6) and Venezuela (Oct. 11) next month. After two fantastic performances under the new manager, Neymar hopes to build on his Seleção form to keep Brazil as one of the four teams that will qualify to play in Russia.
The other Brazilian Blaugrana, Rafinha Alcântara, has not been named in the squad. Three other La Liga stars (Filipe Luís, Marcelo, Casemiro) have also been called. Former Barça full-back Dani Alves is also on the list. The biggest news is the return of Thiago Silva, who is finally called after over 14 months out of the side.
This is the full list of 24 names called by Tite:
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma-ITA), Muralha (Flamengo-BRA), Weverton (AtléticoPR-BRA)
Defenders: Gil (Shandong Luneng-CHN), Marquinhos (PSG-FRA), Miranda (Inter Milan-ITA), Thiago Silva (PSG-FRA), Dani Alves (Juventus-ITA), Fagner (Corinthians-BRA), Filipe Luis (Atlético Madrid-ESP), Marcelo (Real Madrid-ESP)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid-ESP), Fernandinho (Manchester City-ENG), Giuliano (Zenit-RUS), Lucas Lima (Santos-BRA), Oscar (Chelsea-ENG), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande-CHN), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool-ENG), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan-CHN), Willian (Chelsea-ENG)
Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich-GER), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool-ENG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City-ENG), Neymar Jr. (Barcelona-ESP)
Only natural, but Neymar deserves it. Please be Reymar in Brazil, Ney!