He was also part of the Brazil team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which they lost to underdogs Mexico in the finals.
The team will face Switzerland on Sunday in its Group E opener in Rostov-on-Don and then play Costa Rica on June 22 in St. Petersburg and Serbia on June 27 in Moscow. The earlier craving was to have at least one great leader in the team, Tite has transformed this side for Russian Federation, installing not one but many many leaders within the squad. They had teams outperforming them in 2006 and 2010, but the margin of defeat rankled, often referred to as the darkest day in Brazilian football.
An open start saw Casemiro fire wide after eight minutes and 10 minutes later Neymar tested Heinz Lindner, shooting straight at the goalkeeper from 25 yards.
"I don't know what Neymar's limit is", said Tite, whose team arrived early yesterday morning in Sochi where they will be based. Both players will turn 34 during the group stages and will be the oldest-ever centre-back pair to wear the yellow shirt. Manager Tite opted to leave out experienced players like David Luiz and Hulk, who recently made a switch to China, while Juventus' Alex Sandro was also left out.
Brazil were well on course to reach the finals in 2014 when they ran into a rampant Germany and were routed 7-1 as their opponents went all the way to lift the title. At the time, Thiago was injury prone and seemingly burnt-out while Marquinhos was "flying". This year Brazil have a genuine chance to win the cup for the sixth time.
Make no mistake: Dani Alves will be missed by the Selecao, especially for his leadership and experience.
Brazil, at least on paper are one of those sides that are capable enough to go on to win the World Cup. In Vienna he even emulated Alves a bit by bombing forward and demanding the ball at moments when Brazil were inevitably attracted to attack down the left via Neymar and Coutinho. Four years on and Tite boasts a relative embarrassment of riches with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino battling it out for one position.
Jesus, 20, was painting the streets of Brazil in 2014 and this time he will be in the Playing 11 alongside Neymar.
A lot of Liverpool fans probably wish they'd have been there to see this.
The Paris St Germain forward scored his 55th global goal during the 3-0 win over Austria on Sunday to go level with Romario and sit joint-third in Brazil's all-time scoring charts.
Neymar is now level with Romario and only behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77) in Brazil's all-time record scoring charts.
Costa is expected to be a backup for Neymar during the World Cup.