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Casemiro to captain Brazil in World Cup Qualifier

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro will captain Brazil when they play Bolivia in La Paz on Thursday evening.

Brazilian national coach Tite has continued his strict policy of rotating captains by selecting the defensive midfielder for the qualifier against Bolivia.

It is the first time the Madrid man will take his country’s armband, having become a first team regular for the national side.

Having already qualified for the World Cup next summer in Russia, Brazil face Bolivia and Chile in the next few days.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Casemiro said, “It’s an immense pride for me to be captain of the national team. Just being here is already a source of pride. I have no words to describe how happy I am to be captain.”

The other La Liga representives in the Brazil side see Paulinho of Barcelona and Filipe Luis of Atletico Madrid.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Alex Muralha (Flamengo)

Full-backs: Dani Alves (Paris Saint Germain), Danilo (Manchester City), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)

Centre halves: Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain), João Miranda (Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain), Jemerson (Monaco).

Central Midfielders: Arthur (Grêmio), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Diego Ribas (Flamengo).

Attackers: Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Neymar (Paris Saint Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Diego Tardelli (Shandong Luneng).

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