Neymar, Coutinho, Willian Headline Brazil’s 23-man World Cup Squad

Brazil have included injured Paris St-Germain attacker Neymar in their 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Neymar, 26, has been sidelined with a metatarsal injury since February with Brazil team doctor ruling him out for three months after successful surgery.

But the world’s most expensive footballer returns to coach Tite’s side in the hope that he’ll be fit enough to provide inspiration for the Selecao at the Mundial.

Joining Neymar on the star-studded list are Manchester City quartet Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus, while Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Chelsea’s Willian have also been named.

Veteran right-back Dani Alves misses out of the Russia party after picking up a knee injury in the French Cup final.

Five-time world champions Brazil are in Group E alongside Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland.

The Complete Squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Forwards: Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

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