Monday 14 May 2018, 19:02

Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico unveil preliminary squads

  • Brazil coach Tite has unveiled a 23-man provisional squad

  • Argentina and Mexico also announced preliminary squads for Russia 2018

  • Final 23-man squad lists will be published by FIFA on 4 June

Five-time world champions Brazil have named a provisional 23-player squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Tite’s list includes Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, as well as Manchester City defender Danilo, who replaces the injured Dani Alves. Shakhtar Donetsk forward Taison also made the preliminary squad for the South American giants.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma, Italy), Ederson (Manchester City, England), Cassio (Corinthians);

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan, Italy), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Spain), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Fagner (Corinthians), Pedro Geromel (Gremio), Danilo (Manchester City, England);

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid, Spain), Fernandinho (Manchester City, England), Paulinho (Barcelona, Spain), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan, China PR), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona, Spain), Willian (Chelsea, England), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine);

Forwards: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City, England), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, England), Douglas Costa (Juventus, Italy), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain, France).

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli named a 35-man preliminary squad for Russia 2018, with captain Lionel Messi, as well as strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero among the notable names on his list.

Forwards Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi are also included for consideration, despite some fears that the Italian-based pair might be overlooked for the world finals.

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United, England), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL, Mexico), Willy Caballero (Chelsea, England), Franco Armani (River Plate);

Defenders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune, China PR), Federico Fazio (Roma, Italy), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City, England), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla, Spain), German Pezzella (Fiorentina, Italy), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica, Portugal), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United, England), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton, England), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax, the Netherlands), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP, Portugal), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino, Italy);

Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla, Spain), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan, Italy), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg, Russia), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United, England), Ricardo Centurion (Racing Club), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Guido Pizarro (Sevilla, Spain), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporing CP, Portugal), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Pablo Perez (Boca Juniors);

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Italy), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan, Italy), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, England), Diego Perotti (Roma, Italy), Lautaro Martinez (Racing), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus, Italy).

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has included veteran Rafa Marquez in a 28-man preliminary for Russia 2018.

Should the 39-year-old make the final 23-man list, he would become only the third player in history to feature at five world finals.

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege, Belgium), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul);

Defenders: Diego Reyes (Porto, Portugal), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad, Spain), Oswaldo Alanis (Getafe, Spain), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Miguel Layun (Sevilla, Spain), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL), Edson Alvarez (Club America);

Midfielders: Hector Herrera (Porto, Portugal), Andres Guardado (Real Betis, Spain), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy, USA), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy, USA);

Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres UANL), Jesus Corona (Porto, Portugal), Raul Jimenez (Benfica, Portugal), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United, England), Carlos Vela (LAFC, USA), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven, the Netherlands), Jurgen Damm (Tigres UANL).