Brazil To Name Their World Cup Squad on May 14th
The Brazilian squad is packed full of talent and Tite has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The Selecao have traditionally named their tournament squad early and they look set to continue that trend in 2018.
All participants are required to name their preliminary 35-man squad by May 14th with the abridged 23-man version due by June 4th. The majority of coaches will keep their cards close to their chest until the deadline but Brazil’s squad is set to be confirmed earlier than most.
Tite’s side will reconvene on May 21st ahead of warm-up games against Croatia and Austria as they prepare for the tournament, which gets underway in Moscow on June 14th. The coach, who expertly guided his side to qualification, had already selected 15 of the 23 players back in February with Neymar, Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Willian and the veteran Thiago Silva all included and expected to feature heavily in Russia.
The 2002 winners are expected to be successful in the tournament and will be hoping to exact revenge for their embarrassing 7-1 defeat to Germany four years ago. The pair met in a recent friendly with the South American outfit running out 1-0 winners.
Jonjo Shelvey Gives England Manager Gareth Southgate Plenty to Think About
Newcastle have gone from strength-to-strength in the Premier League in 2018 and Rafa Benitez’s side have climbed into the top half. They’re indebted to the performances of Jonjo Shelvey, who has been in inspiring form, and his manager has called upon England coach Gareth Southgate to consider the midfielder for a place in the 2018 World Cup squad. He hasn’t featured in the squad for three years and, with the Three Lions appearing short on quality in the centre of the park, many believe he would be a sensible addition. The Spaniard suggested “he can be a very good squad player” before heaping further praise on the former Liverpool player.
Southgate’s side are 3.20 to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament and bounce back from a disappointing Euro 2016.