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Tite reveals 15 players already guaranteed a spot in Brazil’s 23-man World Cup squad

Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinho are all assured of a spot on the plane while Ederson, Alex Sandro and Douglas Costa will have to wait

You are now officially allowed to spend several hours a day thinking about the World Cup.

The world’s premier international tournament kicks off on June 14 and thoughts have already turned to which players will make the cut.

You’ll be getting the call-up, lads

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You’ll be getting the call-up, lads

Brazil are the favourites to lift the trophy with many of the bookies after dominating South American qualifying.

Head coach Tite has revealed to UOL Esporte that 15 players are guaranteed a spot in his 23-man squad if they avoid serious injuries from now until the end of the season.

The privileged players are: Alisson, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Casemiro, Renato Augusto, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar.

That’s the starting XI you’d expect plus veteran Thiago Silva and Premier League stars Willian, Fernandinho and Roberto Firmino.

Tite’s preferred starting XI based on qualifying

Tite’s preferred starting XI based on qualifying

That leaves eight spots for two goalkeepers and probably three defenders, two midfielders and a forward.

You’d think that Ederson would be a safe bet after his impressive season for Man City.

Alex Sandro and Filipe Luis may have to battle it out for a spot as Marcelo’s first reserve.

Tite has plenty of talent at his disposal

Tite has plenty of talent at his disposal

While Fabinho, Danilo, Juan Jesus, Hernanes, Fred, Douglas Costa, Arthur, Lucas Lima, Taison and plenty more talented Brazilians have also been left sweating in the wake of the informal announcement.

One thing’s for sure, the Samba boys will arrive in Russia intent on playing the best football of the tournament.

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