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Miranda Supports Fresh Blood in Brazil Squad

Brazil centre-half João Miranda says he supports Tite’s policy to introduce fresh blood into the Seleção in the build up to next June’s Copa América. The 34 year old has been a cornerstone of Tite’s Brazil side since he was appointed in 2016.

But with Dani Alves, Miranda and Thiago Silva all 34 years old, Tite needs to explore younger options in defence. Miranda says he understands, but that he still hopes to be involved with the national side for a while yet.

“It is important this arrival of new players, this mixture of some new blood. It serves as learning, experience for the new players and we have managed to maintain a very high standard.

“I think given all these arguments, in the end Tite will decide and we hope it will be by whoever is better regardless of age. Working with nutritionists and physios, today a player can reach high level at 38, 39. That is my goal, to remain playing at a high level.”

Miranda has often captained Brazil under Tite’s previous rotation policy with the armband. Now Neymar has been appointed as full-time captain and Miranda says that he thinks this is a good decision.

“He is a leader. You have your way of leading, I think it was a good choice. Neymar has great responsibility and we have to share that responsibility of leadership of the group. He i defined as a leader, we respect him and we will try to help him in the best possible way.”


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