BRAZIL manager Tite has confirmed his World Cup starting XI four months out from Russia, while Mexico captain Andres Guardado is hoping his fourth trip to the world’s most watched football tournament is his best.
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BRAZIL BOSS CONFIRMS WC STARTING XI
Brazil manager Tite has announced his starting eleven for June’s World Cup – even though it doesn’t get underway until June!
Speaking to UOL Esportes, the boss was remarkably up front when quizzed on who would be taking to the park for Selecao.
“The 11 who will start are Alisson; Marcelo, Miranda, Marquinhos, Daniel Alves; Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Casemiro, Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus,” he said.
The 56-year-old also confirmed that Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Chelsea’s Willian, PSG’s Thiago Silva and Fernandinho are also in the squad.
Brazil kick off their campaign against Switzerland, with group E also comprising Costa Rica and Serbia. They’re expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation.
DEULOFEU EYES WC SELECTION
Watford loanee Gerard Deulofeu has set his sights on selection for Spain’s World Cup squad after a great start to life at Vicarage Road.
The winger arrived from Barcelona in January and quickly found form at the Hornets.
A man of the match performance as Watford thrashed Chelsea 4-1 may have caught the eye of selectors according to manager Javi Gracia.
“I do not know in the future what will happen. I want to focus on him playing well for Watford. Maybe in the summer the national team will call him, who knows?” Gracia said.
“Because when I play my best football, when I played well in Milan, the coach of [the] national [team] has confidence in me.
“Let’s see. I know it’s difficult but that’s why I’ve come. I don’t want to be on the bench or out of the squad and I didn’t have possibilities to go to the national [side, at Barcelona]. Now I’m on the pitch, I want to help the team and after I’ll see if I go or not to the World Cup.”
GUARDADO WANTS FOURTH WC TO BE HIS BEST
Mexico captain Andres Guardado is hoping that his fourth World Cup will be his best, as he leads El Tri into battle in Russia.
The 31-year-old has already amassed a massive 142 international caps and says the passion to represent his country still burns within him.
“The next World Cup will feel exactly like the first one for me. I feel driven, it’s like I will be playing in this major championship for the first time. We have a very good team. We can change the course of football history in our country. This is what motivates me the most,” Guardado told RT’s Stan Collymore.
“Every footballer wants to go to the World Cup. We all dream about it. And now I am about to participate in one for the fourth time in my career. I have no words to describe how I feel.
“There is only a handful of footballers in the whole world who have in four World Cups over their lives. So, this is a matter of pride, indeed, this is my fourth World Cup, and I hope it will be my best.”
Mexico have been drawn alongside Sweden, South Korea and Germany in Group F.