On Friday Brazil coach Tite kicked off a new era for the Selecao as he named his first post-World Cup squad.
A number of new faces were included in the 24-man group will travel to United States next month on the Brasil Global Tour to face USA in New Jersey and El Salvador in Washington.
As many of five of Tite’s first-choice XI from World Cup 2018 were left out, as Real Madrid’s Marcelo, Inter’s Miranda, Guangzhou Evergrande’s Paulinho and Manchester City duo Danilo and Gabriel Jesus all failed to make the cut.
As the five-time world champions begin a new cycle ahead of next year’s Copa America, Tite went for a blend of youth and experience – and his selection was largely commended by the local press.
O Globo’s Igor Siqueira was among those who stressed the importance of providing opportunities to new players during a period of extermination.
"Tite is beginning a new dawn in relation to the squad and how he approached the World Cup qualifiers,” Siqueira told Brasil Global Tour in Rio on Friday.
“Now he has the chance to study some different approaches, with new players, as he looks for the alternatives he was unable to assess before the World Cup.
“There are many promising youngsters, which is particularly interesting in midfield with the inclusion of Arthur and Lucas Paqueta. He has included young players in every position, providing them the chance to be inspired [by more senior players].”
Just 13 of the 23 Tite took to Russia have retained their places in the squad for the first of what technical coordinator Edu stressed were three phases ahead of World up 2022.
The first phase begins now and runs until the end of December, during which there are six Brasil Global Tour friendlies.
The next phase then takes Brazil through to Copa America in June 2019, before the long-term kicks off post-Copa as Brazil look to qualify and prepare for World Cup 2022.
“It’s a good call. Tite did a good job,” said Destak’s Renato Senna.
“He said that to make the most of all the players that are coming through, he is also calling players who have already been in the national team, who have experience.”
“Everton is the one who has been handed the most responsibility for his club, while Andreas Pereira is being given a chance by Jose Mourinho now. I thought it was a very good squad in the context of renewing a squad that he has to select when thinking about the future.”
Brazil meet USA at MetLife Stadium on September 7 before hosting El Salvador at FedExField on September 11.