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Real Madrid duo snubbed as Brazil announce Copa America squad

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Host nation Brazil have announced their 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa America with a mix of experience and youth.

Head coach Tite named his squad Friday at the headquarter of CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Bra.

Super star Neymar was included in the squad despite his recent injury problems and disciplinary setbacks endured with Paris Saint Germaine in France.

However Real Madrid duo Vinicius Junior and Marcelo missed out to make the list as a clear indication for the Spanish giants’ poor run in LaLiga and Europe in the season.

Premier League has plenty of representation with Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Liverpool duo Alisson and Roberto Firmino as well as Everton’s Richarlison all included.

However despite the Champions League heroics, Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura could not attract Tite’s attention.

Juventus’ Douglas Costa, West Ham United’s Felipe Anderson also include among notable omissions.

The eight-time winners face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru in the group stage, which start on June 14, after two friendlies against Qatar and Honduras.

Brazil 23-man squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Cássio

Defenders: Daniel Alves, Fágner, Alex Sandro, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Éder Militão

Midfielders: Casemiro, Fernandinho, Arthur, Allan, Lucas Paquetá, P. Coutinho, Everton

Forwards: Neymar, David Neres, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus

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