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Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira and Barcelona’s Artur are among the new names in a much-changed Brazil squad for upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, coach Tite said on Friday.

Lucas Paqueta, Flamengo’s highly rated young attacking midfielder gets his first call up, as does Pedro, the 21-year-old Fluminense striker, Gremio’s 22-year-old left winger Everton, and Porto centre back Felipe.

Among the regulars left out are Real Madrid’s Marcelo, Miranda of Inter, Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho and Manchester City pair Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus.

Tite said he left out several senior men to give younger players a chance to show what they can do at the highest level.

“This is Pedro’s time, as he is playing well,” Tite said. “Paqueta is one of the best players at Flamengo. (And) Everton, who is one of the best players in his team.”

Brazil face the United States in New Jersey on Sept 7 and then play El Salvador in Washington four days later.

Brazil vs USA at MetLife Stadium, NJTime: 7:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 p.m. GMT

Posted by FiFa World Cup Fixtures, Results on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Hugo (Flamengo), Neto (Valencia)

Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Dede (Cruzeiro), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fagner (Corinthians), Felipe (Porto), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marquinhos (Paris St Germain), Thiago Silva (PSG)

Midfielders: Andreas Pereira (Manchester United), Arthur (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (Flamengo), Phillipe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan)

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Fluminense), Willian (Chelsea), Everton (Gremio).

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