Copa America: Neymar, Neres In; Moura, Vinicius Jr. Out for Brazil

Brazil coach Tite named his squad on Friday, 17 May, for the Copa America 2019.

Eight-time champions, Brazil will be hosting the South American competition this time. The first game will be played between the hosts and Bolivia on 14 June in Sao Paulo.

As expected, Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar was included despite his recent injury problems and league suspension for an altercation with a fan.

Tite said Neymar made a mistake by getting involved in the altercation after PSG's loss in the French Cup. The coach said he would have a private conversation with the player when they next meet.

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Tite also refused to say whether Neymar will remain the team captain during the tournament.

"I understand your questions, but I will speak to Neymar first. Not on the phone, personally. And I will not speak about this for now because I will speak to Neymar before I speak to you," the coach said at the Brazilian soccer confederation headquarters.

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Brazil’s players will start gathering at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. The team will play two friendlies before the Copa America begins, facing Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia and Honduras four days later in Porto Alegre.

Brazil reached the quarterfinals at last year's World Cup but lost to Belgium. One of the most criticized players of that team, midfielder Fernandinho, has also returned to the squad for Copa America.

The Brazilians, who last won the continental title in 2007, will play in Group A with Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians)

Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians), Felipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Miranda (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Allan (Napoli), Arthur (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)

Strikers: David Neres (Ajax), Everton (Gremio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Richarlison (Everton)

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