The debutants in Dorival Junior’s first squad who rejuvenate Brazil

The coach announced his squad for the matches against Spain and England
Martín O'Donnell
2024-03-02 10:54:04

Dorival Júnior submitted his first squad as Brazil’s head coach, ahead of the friendlies in Europe later this month against England and Spain. Among the selected players, there are many familiar faces such as goalkeeper Ederson (Manchester City), Marquinhos (PSG), Casemiro (Manchester United), Raphinha (FC Barcelona), Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior (both from Real Madrid).

But the list also has six debutants in the Seleção. One of them is Sávio, the 19-year-old winger who boasts seven league goals for the surprising Girona title challengers. Savinho not only brings youth but also explosiveness, the ability to play on both wings of the field, and endless energy. That explains why Manchester City already want him for next term.


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Another debutant is Lucas Beraldo, 20, whom Dorival Júnior knows very well from their time at São Paulo. The player arrived at PSG in the last transfer window and has already played several games for the French team, where he has performed both as a central defender and a left-back.

There are two more players that the Brazilian coach knows very well from their the Tricolor Paulista: Rafael, 34, who is expected to be the third goalkeeper behind Ederson and Bento (Athletico Paranaense), and Pablo Maia, 22, a midfielder who became an undisputed starter under Dorival Júnior’s tutelage.

Another newcomer to the national team is João Gomes, a 23-year-old midfielder who’s doing great at Wolverhampton. Palmeiras defender Murilo, 26, also got his first call-up.

The list also highlights the return of attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá (West Ham), as well as the continuity of Endrick (Palmeiras and future Real Madrid player), and Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa). On the other hand, Neymar (Al Hilal) remains sidelined, recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus, and goalkeeper Alisson (Liverpool) also joined the injury list due to a muscle problem.