Of the four Manchester City players named in Brazil’s World Cup squad, only Gabriel Jesus has featured regularly. An injury to Danilo, who started as the Seleção’s first-choice right-back, has seen him fall behind Fágner in Tite’s thinking.
However, the Brazil coach has confirmed that in addition to Jesus, Fernandinho will start for the first time at the World Cup when Brazil meet Belgium in tomorrow’s quarter-final clash.
The City midfielder will step in for Real Madrid’s Casemiro, who is suspended, with Tite trusting the 33-year-old to do the job required against a Belgium midfield including Kevin De Bruyne.
Ederson will continue on the Brazil bench as the second-choice behind Roma’s Alisson, while Danilo will also be an option in reserve.
Four Blues are expected to start Kazan Arena, with De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany almost certain to start for Belgium opposite Jesus and Fernandinho.
Brazil’s starting XI to face Belgium: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.