Brazil call up eight Premier League players, including Alisson and Ederson, amid quarantine uncertainty

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Brazil call up eight Premier League players, including Alisson and Ederson, amid quarantine uncertainty


Eight Premier League players have been named to Brazil’s squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

There are calls for Liverpool duo Alisson and Fabinho, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, Emerson Royal from Tottenham, Thiago Silva from Chelsea, Manchester United midfielder Fred and Raphinha from Leeds.

English clubs have collectively agreed not to release players in countries on the government’s “red list” of coronaviruses for September internationals, including Brazil.

The Brazilian federation (CBF) was one of four national associations that initially asked the world governing body of FIFA to ban players from playing at the club for a period of five days, but the request was lifted. at the end of September 10.

Quarantine exemptions for Premier League players are being discussed in a bid to avoid another row before the October break.

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Raphinha is in the Brazil squad for the October qualifiers

Top club presidents and general managers were briefed on the progress of talks between the league, government and FIFA at a league shareholders meeting in London on Wednesday.

There remains a possibility of reaching an agreement to prevent players from being quarantined for 10 days upon their return.

This could involve strict conditions for players entering Covid’s secure bubbles once they have joined their national team and then reverting to a similar setup at their clubs.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week at a meeting around the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The FIFA statement highlighting the meeting said the two discussed “the ongoing cooperation established to support travel during international windows and the partnership to ensure equal opportunities for all.”

Brazil travel to Venezuela and Colombia ahead of a home game against Uruguay.

The last of those matches will kick off in the early hours of the morning UK time on Friday 15 October, which would mean players would almost certainly miss any league game this weekend if the federation insisted they stay with it. the team throughout.

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Pep Guardiola can’t wait for Gabriel Jesus (pictured) and Ederson to represent Brazil next month

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was asked about the situation in Brazil on Friday ahead of the squad’s announcement.

He said: “I don’t know anything. What I will say is that we are more than grateful to the Brazilian players to go to their national team, as we always have been and always will be. There is the right rule or law (let them go) but it is also a pleasure.

“But I don’t know if it will happen, the pandemic situation all over the world is still there. Hopefully the authorities – the Premier League, the governments, the Brazilian federation – can find a solution that works well for both sides. This is what we want.

“The federations and governments just need to sit down, talk and find a solution for the benefit of the players, clubs and the Brazilian national team. “

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