Neymar starts in Brazil's final pre-World Cup friendly

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The PSG forward has not started a game for over three months due to a foot injury, but returns to his national side's XI for their final friendly

Neymar has been named in the starting XI for Brazil's final pre-World Cup friendly as they take on Austria in Vienna.

The PSG forward came off the bench in their 2-0 win over Croatia at Anfield, but Sunday's game marks the first time Neymar starts since February, having missed the final months of the Ligue 1 season with a metatarsal fracture.

Neymar netted a goal in the Anfield victory seven days ago and is looking to prove his fitness to international head coach Tite ahead of the tournament.

Gabriel Jesus is once again preferred in attack, with Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino left on the bench.

New Manchester United signing Fred will not be involved after being assessed by team doctors, however, the team are optimistic he will be fit in time for the beginning of the World Cup.

Inter defender Miranda will wear the armband against Austria as Tite continues to rotate the captaincy throughout the team rather than picking one guaranteed captain for the tournament.

The friendly is Brazil's final game before travelling to Russia, where they will kick off their World Cup Group E campaign with a match against Switzerland on June 17.

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Brazil also take on Costa Rica and Serbia in the group stage as they look to win a record sixth World Cup title.

Brazil XI: Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Austria XI: Linder, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Arnautovic, Alaba, Baumgartlinger, Prodl, Schopf, Grillitsch, Lainer, Schlager.

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