Tite calls several youngsters for Brazilian friendlies against U.S. and El Salvador

Heather Diaz
August 20, 2018

The FC crew choose who they would keep between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho.

Pereira, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder who spent last season on loan at Valencia, is one of two Manchester United players on the team, along with Fred.

Tite has named a 24-man group for the upcoming friendlies against United States and El Salvador in the U.S. next month, and he has omitted eight of his World Cup squad.

After being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Russia, Brazil will begin their preparation for Qatar 2022 against the United States and El Salvador.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is included but Real Madrid veteran Marcelo was left out for the games against the United States and El Salvador, both in the US.

Artur is also on the payroll after a promising start to the season with Barcelona.

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Flamengo playmaker Lucas Paqueta, Fluminense striker Pedro, Gremio winger Everton and Porto center-back Felipe were among the other newcomers in Brazil's 24-man squad announced on Friday.

Tite said she left out several veterans to give young people opportunities to show what they can do.

"This is Pedro's time, as he is playing well", Tite said.

There had been questions over whether he would declare for for the country of his birth or Brazil, for whom he played youth team football at under-20 and under-23 level. "Paqueta is one of the best players at Flamengo".

Danilo is injured but Fernandinho and Ederson are surprise omissions, while Gabriel Jesus drops out after failing to score at Russian Federation 2018.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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