Modric to Neymar: We are waiting for you eh

FIFA World Cup Friendly Neymar Fitness In The Spotlight As Brazil Face Croatia

FIFA World Cup Friendly Neymar Fitness In The Spotlight As Brazil Face Croatia

In the meantime, Croatia coach Dalic said Eagles have great young players and a good manager, and so will worthy opponents. I'm very happy. But I still have some fear, a certain fear, but little by little, with each training session, I'm letting myself go.

Before Neymar's brilliant opener, Croatia might have struck first when Ante Rebic's header forced a fine save from Alisson.

Asked whether that would be his starting lineup if the World Cup began now, Tite said "Yes" three times.

He sprained his ankle and fractured his fifth metatarsal, requiring an operation which had left the 26-year-old facing a battle to be fit in time for Brazil's opening World Cup match with Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on June 17.

Roberto Firmino scored the second goal for Brazil.

Real president Florentino Perez has admitted his side tried to sign Neymar before he joined Barca in 2013 and has reiterated his desire to bring the Brazilian to the Spanish capital.

Meanwhile, Neymar scored a brilliant goal on his return from injury as Brazil defeated Croatia 2-0 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup worldwide friendly match.

"Whoever Tite chooses, I'll respect it 100 per cent and I'm here when needed, to give my best for the team".

The striker also thanked local fans for their support, saying "it is good to play at home".

Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia which had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a tiresome draw.

The five-time World Cup champions play their last pre-World Cup friendly against Austria on June 10. But that happens and I congratulate him.

Despite the looming spectre of the World Cup, now less than two weeks away, the game proved a physical one.

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