With Dani Alves recently ruled out altogether by injury, a spot opened up at right-back in Brazil’s World Cup squad, as announced by coach Tite on Monday.
Many assumed the berth would be granted to Rafinha of Bayern Munich, but instead Tite gave the nod to a lesser known full-back he managed during his Corinthians days.
That man is Fagner, who was the esoteric choice, not least because he hasn’t played since late April due to a thigh injury.
However, after consulting with the Brazilian football federation doctors, Tite was assured his man would be back and fighting fit in good time for the finals on July 14th and so went ahead and included the 28-year-old in the final 23.
Here’s the wonderful moment Fagner (and his entire family) discovered he’d made the cut…
Festa na casa do lateral direito Fagner… CONVOCADO PARA A SELEÇÃO BRASILEIRA! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/yPIDns1Ixk
— Alex Tobias (@AlexNegrunes) May 14, 2018
The sheer ecstasy of it all. Lovely.
Brazil’s 2018 World Cup squad in full…
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Man City), Cassio (Corinthians).
Defenders: Danilo (Man City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio).
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Man City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).
Forwards: Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).