NATIONS - Brazil hopes EPL will release players this time for WCQ
On Friday, Brazil called up eight English Premier League players for World Cup qualifiers, aiming to prevent a recurrence of the comical circumstances that occurred during the team's encounter against Argentina earlier this month.
FIFA is hopeful that the British government would relax the quarantine rules for players in time for the October qualifiers. For the September internationals, English clubs agreed not to release players to nations on the government's coronavirus "red list," which included Brazil.
In order to prevent a new conflict, exemptions from quarantine for Premier League players are being explored. There's still a chance that an agreement may be struck to avoid players being quarantined for ten days when they return.
Alisson and Fabinho of Liverpool, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Emerson Royal of Tottenham, Thiago Silva of Chelsea, Manchester United midfielder Fred, and Raphinha of Leeds were among the English-based players called up by Brazil coach Tite on Friday.