Dani Alves, 39, makes Brazil Qatar squad

Brazil coach Tite on Monday has named 39-year-old defender Daniel Alves in his 26-man World Cup squad for Qatar along with 38-year-old fellow defender Thiago Silva.

Alves has been playing in Mexico to try to keep his dream of playing in his fourth World Cup but played his last game for Pumas UNAM in September and sustained a knee injury that has been troubling him since.

Alves has been working on his recovery with the Barcelona academy medical and technical staff over the last few weeks.

According to Tite, Alves' long history with Brazil and leadership qualities in the changing room were valuable but not the main reason he got a spot in the squad.

"He adds technical and tactical aspects that are impressive, to be an organiser, an articulator," Tite said. "Sure he is not a 60 to 70 metres player anymore, but he has other virtues.

"The criteria awards his technical quality, but mental and physical aspects too."

Blessed with a surfeit of attacking players Tite has omitted Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and is without the injured Aston Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil boss will be taking four centre-backs, with Juventus' Bremer behind Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Eder Militao. Roger Ibanez (Roma) and Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal) were left out.

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli was included in a list dominated by 12 players from the English Premier League.

The Brazilian FA also announced that former PSG manager Ricardo Gomes will join Tite's staff as an assistant.

The squad will gather in Turin next week before flying to Doha on November 19.

Brazil will open their World Cup campaign against Serbia on November 24 and also face Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G. Tite, 61, will step down after the tournament

Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras).

Defenders: Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Dani Alves (UNAM), Danilo, Alex Sandro (both Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla).

Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Casemiro, Fred (both Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham).

Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli (both Arsenal), Neymar Jr (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr (both Real Madrid).