Brazil vs Nigeria: Tite slams fans over selection

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Brazil coach Tite has responded to criticism after naming Gabriel Barbosa, Rodrigo Caio, and Everton Cebolinha in his squad for October friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria.

The friendlies fall between the two legs of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, in whichFlamengo and Gremio will meet.

Fans of both clubs were irritated that key players have been called into the national squad during crunch time in the Brazilian club calendar.

“It is challenging to have common sense and I try, in my professional life, to look at different sides of the situation for everyone to win,” Tite explained in an interview with Sambafoot.

“I spoke to the president of Flamengo and Gremio he knows we have the discretion and care for these players.

“That said, reconciling all factors is humanly impossible. I read where Gabigol said he would be proud to return to the national team and I am giving him the opportunity, so why blame me?

“I want to be ethical and polite. I had Flamengo fans looking at me with Gabigol playing a lot and Rodrigo Caio is back in the team.”

Nigeria and Brazil will clash in a much anticipated encounter at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang,

Singapore on October 13, for the first time in 16 years.

The Super Eagles lost 3-0 to the Selecao in a friendly game at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja in 2003.