Philippe Coutinho headlines Brazil squad as drawcard left out

Philippe Coutinho headlines Brazil squad as drawcard left out

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FC Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar has been left out of the Selecao’s squad to face the Socceroos and Argentina at the MCG in June.

Neymar’s absence means Brazil’s squad will be headlined by the likes of Coutinho (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) and Willian (Chelsea).

Argentina’s squad has also been selected, and fortunately for Australian football fans, Lionel Messi is named to play.

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Brazil and Argentina will square off at the MCG on 9 June before the former battle the Socceroos on 13 June.

Brazil vs Argentina has been announced as a sellout, while Brazil vs Socceroos remains on sale.

Brazil squad to tour Australia

Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica)

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (AS Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (PSG), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Diego Souza (Atletico-PR), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Argentina squad to tour Australia

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (UANL Tigres), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad)

Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Emanuel Mammana (Olympique Lyonnais), Javier Mascherano (FC Barcelona), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Guido Rodriguez (Tijuana), Leandro Paredes (AS Roma), Ever Banega (Inter Milan), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain (both Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta), Joaquin Correa (Sevilla)

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