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Why Schalke's Naldo deserves a Brazil recall Boasting better stats than Hummels and Boateng, the Schalke defender is at the top of his game. vor 2 Stunden

Published on: 14 February 2018

Pick four from Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, David Luiz, Miranda and…Naldo? Yes, more than ten years after his last appearance for Brazil, Schalke's evergreen centre-back could find himself pulling on the iconic yellow shirt of his country once again.

His displays for the Royal Blues have been majestic enough to turn the head of Brazil coach Tite, who — though spoilt for choice — has pencilled in the rangy former Bremen man as a potential option for the Seleçao's FIFA World Cup squad next summer.

Should he join Neymar, Philippe Coutinho & Co. for their pre-tournament preparations, notably during next month's international break, he could make his first appearance for his nation since winning the last of his four senior caps in August 2007 shortly after helping Brazil win the Copa America.