The only exception was the exclusion of defender Rodrigo Caio, who had been provisionally called up at the last minute to replace the injured Thiago Silva, because the brand-new champion of the European Champions League has already recovered and is available for the Copa América. .
The squad list is exactly the same that Tite has been working with for two weeks and that, with victories over Ecuador and Paraguay in the last week, catapulted Brazil to first place in the South American qualifying rankings, with 18 points – six more than his immediate Argentine guard, the product of a historic campaign with six wins in six games.
The call came a day after the players released a statement in which they announced their willingness to play the Copa América despite their dissatisfaction with the transfer at the last minute of its headquarters to Brazil after Argentina and Colombia withdrew. of the tournament.
“We are against the organization of the Copa América, but we will never say no to the national team”, The players and members of the Canarinha Technical Corps affirmed in a manifesto.
In the note they added that they never intended for their dissatisfaction to become a “political discussion” and argued “various humanitarian and personal reasons” to justify their rejection of the tournament dispute in Brazil.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro endorsed the tournament despite the fact that the country, one of the hardest hit in the world by the COVID pandemic, is suffering from a health crisis that does not show firm signs of slowing down and has already left more than 475,000 deaths and 17 million infections.
Brazil, paired in Group A, will debut in the Copa América next Sunday against Venezuela at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia; on June 17, Peru is measured at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro; on June 23 to Colombia also on that stage and on June 27 to Ecuador at the Goiania Olympic.
In case of advancing in the quarterfinals and the semifinals, Canarinha will play the final of the Copa América at the Maracana, the same stadium where the 2019 Copa América champion and the 2016 Olympic champion were consecrated.
In addition to the list of summoned, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) released a note in which it clarified that forward Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’, Flamengo’s goal scorer, complained of muscle pain in his left leg after the match with Paraguay and is under medical care.
Imaging examinations made it possible to diagnose a small edema at the site of the discomfort, which, according to the CBF, does not prevent him from being available for the opening match of the Copa América.
The players of the Brazilian team, released after Tuesday’s game in Asuncion, will have to report to the Brazil rally in Sao Paulo next Friday to prepare for the game against Venezuela two days later.
Brazil will be able to count on their attack in the Copa América, in addition to Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesús, the starting trio of strikers, with Gabigol, Éverton, Richarlison and the youthful Vinicius Júnior.
= LIST OF CALLED:
– ARQUEROS: Alisson (Liverpool-GBR), Éderson (Manchester City-GBR) and Wéverton (Palmeiras).
– DEFENDERS: Émerson Royal (Barcelona-ESP), Danilo (Juventus-ITA), Alex Sandro (Juventus-ITA), Renán Lodi (Atlético de Madrid-ESP), Éder Militao (Real Madrid-ESP), Felipe (Atlético de Madrid-ESP) , Marquinhos (PSG-FRA) and Thiago Silva (Chelsea-GBR).
– MIDFIELDERS: Casemiro (Real Madrid-ESP), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa-GBR), Éverton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool-GBR), Fred (Manchester United-GBR) and Lucas Paquetá (Olympique Lyon-FRA).
– FRONT: Éverton (Benfica-POR), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool-GBR), Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’ (Flamengo), Gabriel Jesús (Manchester City-GBR), Neymar (PSG-FRA), Richarlison (Everton-GBR) and Vinicius Júnior ( Real Madrid-ESP).