Nine forwards in Brazil's World Cup squad include Dani Alves

Nine forwards in Brazil’s World Cup squad include Dani Alves

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil coach Tate has named nine forwards in his World Cup squad, highlighting the wealth of attacking options for the tournament in Qatar.

Neymar, 30, spearheads Brazil’s attack while the 26-man squad announced by Tate on Monday includes a host of young forwards including Vincenzo Jr., Gabriel Martinelli and Rodrigo.

Former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, 39, has also joined the list, which has eight defenders and six midfielders.

Tate read out his selection at Brazil’s soccer confederation headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, narrowing down his list from 55 players he and his staff have been eyeing since 2018.

Brazil will play Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G of the World Cup. Serbia and Switzerland were also in Brazil’s group, where the Brazilians defeated Belgium in the quarter-finals in Russia four years ago.

Tait, 61, has already announced he will step down from the tournament after six years in charge.

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