The Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will not represent the Brazilian National Team in Qatar. He was left-out of Tite’s 26-man list despite his good moment at the Premier League and his World Cup experience – he was selected by the coach four years ago.
Using his social media, Firmino congratulated the selected players and said he’ll be cheering for them to win the six title, commonly known in Brazil as the ‘hexa’.
“I would like to take this opportunity to show my respect and congratulate all those called up. It was, is, and will always be an honor to defend my country especially with the gift that the Lord has given me. I remain here confident that God has the best for me and rooting for the hexa to come,” he wrote.
New players changed things for Tite
After the World Cup in Russia, Firmino played 30 matches for the Brazilian national team and scored 10 goals. Although he has good numbers, he lost space in the final stretch of preparation for Qatar, largely due to the rise of other players to the attack sector – cases of Richarlison and Pedro. Seen by Tite with the quality to be an offensive midfielder, he was also passed over by other names.
The coach called up the player for the friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia, the last ones before the call-up for the World Cup. However, Liverpool’s number 9 was the onlynot to have minutes on the field. For Liverpool, he has played 19 games this season – eight goals and four assists.
Those called up will present themselves to the Brazilian team on the 14th in Turin, Italy. After five days, the team led by Neymar arrives in Qatar for the final stretch of preparation. In Group G of the World Cup, Brazil debuts against Serbia, on the 24th, at Lusail Stadium.