World Cup 2022 briefing: squads take shape as Qatar kick-off looms

Our daily rundown will be available through the tournament, but here is a taster to set the scene with barely a week to goLet’s start with news from Brazil, where the five-times champions were among the first nations to confirm their final 26-player squad for Qatar. The big surprise was the inclusion of Dani Alves, who will be 40 next spring and, should he play, will become the third-oldest outfield player at a World Cup (Only Argentina’s Ángel Labruna and Cameroon’s Roger Milla were older). It was expected the wily full-back would wind down his career at Universidad Nacional in Liga MX but his inclusion on the flight to Doha suggests he will be winding it right back up again. Well, if he’s fit.

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