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Miranda named Brazil captain

8:47 AM SGT 23/3/17
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The Inter defender will reclaim the armband for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay as Selecao coach Tite continues his rotation policy

Inter Milan defender Miranda will captain Brazil in their World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Thursday.

Coach Tite elected not to appoint a full-time skipper following his June 2016 appointment, instead preferring to rotate the armband around the senior members of the squad.

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After former captain Neymar’s announced his decision to step down as permanent skipper following the Olympics last year, Tite insisted he would pass the honour around a group ‘full of leaders’.

Miranda was Tite’s first Brazil captain, awarded the role in the 3-0 victory over Ecuador in Quito in September 2016.

Daniel Alves has twice worn the armband (versus Colombia and Argentina), while Fernandinho (Peru), Filipe Luis (Venezuela) and Renato Augusto (Bolivia) have also led the team.

Robinho and Diego, meanwhile, each captained the side during January’s friendly against Colombia, in a match that was restricted to home-based players.