Miranda named new Brazil captain

Miranda named new Brazil captain

Inter Milan defender Miranda was named to captain Brazil for this week's World Cup qualifying matches, although coach Tite has said that he may name another captain for future matches.

Miranda takes the captain's armband from Neymar, who led Brazil to their first Olympic gold last month in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazil striker said that he would step down as Brazil captain after scoring the winning penalty in the 5-4 shootout victory over Germany.

Tite, who replaced Carlos Dunga after Brazil crashed out in the Copa America Centenario and is facing his first senior team test in CONMEBOL qualifying for Russia, said he had many options for captain, but felt that Miranda had the respect of the team.

Tite told reporters. "Miranda fits that profile, as do several other players. It is possible that in other matches, other players may be named to be captain."

He confirmed that his starters would be Alisson, Daniel Alves, Miranda, Marquinhos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Wilian, Gabriel Jesus and Neymar.

Miranda said he was honoured to lead the team as they face Ecuador in Quito on Thursday and Colombia in Manaus on Sept. 6.