Chelsea currently have seven Brazilians on their books (not including Spanish defector Diego Costa) but just two of them have been named in their country’s latest senior squad.
Samba Boys boss Tite has called up Oscar and Willian, but omitted fellow David Luiz, Wallace, Nathan, Kenedy and Lucas Piazon.
It is no surprise that Wallace, Nathan, Kenedy and Piazon have been overlooked by Tite. After all, the quartet are all uncapped at senior international level.
However, Luiz’s snub is quite a big deal, considering Chelsea have just spent £32m on bringing him back from PSG, per the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, both of Liverpool’s Brazilian magicians – Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino – are in after starting the domestic season in fine form,
Brazil have named their squad fairly early considering that the two games in question – World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela – are not until Friday October 7 and Wednesday October 12 respectively.
Brazil are currently second in the CONMEBOL qualification table for Russia 2018. They have taken 15 points from eight games, winning four, drawing three and losing one.
Squad in full (courtesy of AOL.com)
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Alex Muralha (Flamengo), Weverton (Atletico Paranaense)
Dani Alves (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Casemiro (Real Madrid), Giuliano (Zenit), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Lucas Lima (Santos), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Willian, Oscar (Chelsea)
Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)