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Martinelli makes Brazil squad, Firmino misses out

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Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli scored in the fifth minute against Nottingham Forest

Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has been named in Brazil’s squad for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar but Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has been left out.

Martinelli, 21, has scored five goals in 13 Premier League appearances this season, while Firmino, 31, misses out despite six goals in 12 games.

Striker Gabriel Jesus has been recalled after being left out of September’s friendlies.

But there is no place for their Arsenal team-mate, defender Gabriel.

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Brazil start their campaign against Serbia on 24 November, followed by games against Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães joined Arsenal from Dinamo Zagreb in 2020 Brazil

Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães joined did not make the Brazil squad

There are 12 Premier League players in Tite’s squad, with Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson to battle for the starting goalkeeper’s spot.

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has been named, while the midfielders include Manchester United’s Casemiro and Fred, Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes, Liverpool’s Fabinho and West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta.

Lucas Paqueta joins West Ham from Lyon in a club record deal

Lucas Paqueta who joined West Ham from Lyon in a club record deal made the team

A talented selection of forwards sees the likes of Manchester United’s Anthony and Tottenham’s Richarlison join Paris St-Germain star Neymar in Qatar.

Firmino has not played for Brazil since last year’s defeat by Argentina in the Copa America final, with his form this season not enough to force his way back in, with Real Madrid duo Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr, plus Barcelona’s Raphinha, also preferred.

Brazil have won five World Cup titles, with their most recent victory in 2002, but lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarter-finals in 2018.

Brazil squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)

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Defenders: Dani Alves (UNAM), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)

Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Richarlison (Tottenham Hotspur), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid).

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