Brazil Stars Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus And Ederson Train In Moscow Ahead Of Friendly Against Russia

Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus  of Brazil compete during a training session on Monday

Brazil are among the favourites to go all the way and win the World Cup in Russia this summer – so they are making sure they are used to their surroundings. 

The five-time world champions are in Moscow, preparing to take on the 2018 hosts during this international break.

Among their squad are several stars well known to Premier League fans, and they were put through their paces on Monday.

Brazil are in Moscow ahead of a friendly against World Cup hosts Russia on Friday evening

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus have both been called up, the two coming together during one hard-fought exercise.

City goalkeeper Ederson may also feature against Russia, and was tested on his handling by Brazil coach and former World Cup keeper Claudio Taffarel.

In total, five Premier League players have been called up by Brazil, with Chelsea midfielder Willian included, while Fernandinho makes it a trio of City players.

There are plenty of names in the star-studded Brazil squad familiar to English fans, notably Philippe Coutinho, once of Liverpool and now of Barcelona.

After taking on Russia on Friday night, Brazil will play another friendly on Tuesday – a repeat of their most infamous fixture.

Brazil will play Germany, for the first time since the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup, when the Germans won 7-1 in Belo Horizonte.

Five time winners Brazil are among the favourites for this summer's tournament in Russia

As with that fateful night, Brazil will have to make do without talisman striker Neymar, who is out injured with a broken foot.

His place up front with be taken by City striker Jesus, who has recently recovered from a knee problem to make his call-up to Tite’s squad.

While a win may not completely wipe away the memories of 2014, Jesus, Firmino and co will hope for a victory to set them up well for this summer’s main event.

The Brazil FA looked to play up the team spirit aspect by posting a video of the players greeting each other as they gathered at their base in the Russian capital.

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