Neymar On Track For World Cup Return

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The Paris Saint-Germain forward was injured in the quarter-final win over Colombia on home soil four years ago and therefore missed the 7-1 destruction at the hands of Germany in the last four.

And, on Monday, Anfield was confirmed as the venue for the first of Brazil's two World Cup warm-up matches that month.

And Pele, who lifted the World Cup three times during his illustrious career, expects Brazil's talisman to step up for Tite's side.

Brazil's first game is against Switzerland on June 17. The three-time World Cup victor is confident of the talent at Tite's disposal for the upcoming tournament and is hopeful that the Brazil coach can utilise them to their full potential.

"I wish he has the same luck I had in the World Cup".

'I think our coach, Tite, has had little time to set up the team.

"I think we're going to have a good team in the next World Cup".

"I can not play in the next World Cup but I feel good", he said with a hearty laugh. The problem is to put the team together.

Tite will confirm his final 23-man squad for World Cup 2018 on May 14, one week before the group will assemble at the Granja Comary training complex to begin preparations for the tournament.

"Always we select the biggest names [as favourites], like Argentina, Italy, England, Spain", he said.

President of the Croatian Football Federation, Davor Suker, added: "Brazil is the most attractive team in the world, and it makes me proud that the Croatian Football Federation has managed to agree this spectacular match in Liverpool".

"I played four World Cups".

"I had an injury, then I had to make a surgery for the head of my hip, then I had to replace (it), then I had a little problem with my meniscus, but now I am OK, I am ready, in good shape!"