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Firmino Does Not Rule Out Brazilian ‘Old Guard’ for 2022 World Cup

Brazil forward Roberto Firmino says he will not rule out the current Brazil internationals who are in their 30s for the 2022 World Cup.

The Seleção won this year’s Copa América with an experienced core featuring the likes of Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Fernandinho and Filipe Luís.

But Firmino is not ready to rule them out of playing a part in 2022 in Qatar. “They are players of undisputed quality, highly respected in the world of football, and probably will do everything to play another cup.

“But it does not just depend on age and physical fitness. We have seen a lot of players playing at a high level still at 37, 38, 39 years. The head has to be good too.”

In the interview with Globo, Firmino also says that his side deserved to win the Copa América on home soil this month.

“I was satisfied not only with my participation, with goals and assists for my team mates, but also with the performance of the whole team, who performed very well and deserved the title.

“We needed to give that answer at home in front of our supporters and they played along with us all the time. We felt that energy here.”


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