Neymar, Neres in Brazil squad for Copa America, Lucas out
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neymar and David Neres are in for the Copa America, Lucas Moura and Vinicius Jr. are out.
Brazil coach Tite named his squad Friday for the South American tournament, which starts in Sao Paulo on June 14.
As expected, Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar was included despite his recent injury problems and league suspension for an altercation with a fan.
Tite said Neymar made a mistake by getting involved in the altercation after PSG’s loss in the French Cup. The coach said he would have a private conversation with the player when they next meet.
Tite also refused to say whether Neymar will remain the team captain during the tournament.
“I understand your questions, but I will speak to Neymar first. Not on the phone, personally. And I will not speak about this for now because I will speak to Neymar before I speak to you,” the coach said at the Brazilian soccer confederation headquarters.
Brazil’s players will start gathering at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. The team will play two friendlies before the Copa America begins, facing Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia and Honduras four days later in Porto Alegre.
Brazil reached the quarterfinals at last year’s World Cup but lost to Belgium. One of the most criticized players of that team, midfielder Fernandinho, has also returned to the squad for Copa America.