2022 QATAR

Neymar, Thiago Silva and Coutinho called up by Brazil

Tite has called on Brazil's heavy artillery for their opening World Cup qualifiers, with Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus selected.

Neymar, Silva and Coutinho get Brazil calls as World Cup campaign starts

Neymar and Thiago Silva featured in the Brazil squad announced by coach Tite on Friday for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru. The five-time World Cup winners had been due to get their campaign underway in March, but the coronavirus pandemic forced a delay until October.

Tite named a 23-man pool including seven Premier League-based players, with veteran Chelsea recruit Thiago Silva among them following his move from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. PSG superstar Neymar featured among a squad of attacking players including Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, Everton's Richarlison and Real Madrid's Rodrygo. Barcelona winger Philippe Coutinho, whose Camp Nou future is unclear following Ronald Koeman's arrival as Quique Setién's successor, was also called in for the October games.

Brazil face Bolivia in São Paulo on 9 October before travelling to tackle Peru in Lima four days later, as their bid to reach Qatar 2022 begins. Palmeiras defender Gabriel Menino and Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes will be involved for the first time in a Brazil squad gathering.

The full Brazil squad:

Alisson (Liverpool), Santos (Athletico-PR), Weverton (Palmeiras); Rodrigo Caio (Flamengo), Danilo (Juventus), Felipe (Atletico Madrid), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Alex Telles (Porto); Casemiro (Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Fabinho (Liverpool), Bruno Guimaraes (Lyon), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo); Everton (Benfica), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Richarlison (Everton), Rodrygo (Real Madrid).