Monday 24th July, 2017
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Neymar was left off the Brazil squad that will travel to Australia for a pair of friendly matches next month.

Brazil coach Tite said Friday that the Barcelona striker will instead take some much-needed vacation to be better prepared for next year's World Cup in Russia.

"I heard that whatever was best for Brazil we should do, regardless of names," Tite said at Brazil's headquarters. "[Neymar] needs an interruption so he can be in top physical form in 2018."

Brazil will play Argentina on June 9 and Australia four days later, both in Melbourne. Defenders Marquinhos and Daniel Alves were also left off the squad to rest.

Brazil were the first team to qualify for the World Cup. Since Tite took over in September, Brazil have won eight straight matches in South American qualifying and earned 24 of their 33 points.

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