Brazil World Cup 23-man squad contains few surprises beyond timing

Tite isn't messing around with his Brazil squad, naming the 23 players nearly a month early. No flim-flam and no messing around: why bother naming a pre-list of 35 if you are ready to go straight to the final squad of 23? That is the Brazil way. Twenty years ago, on the day the France '98 squad was announced, then-coach Mario Zagallo went further; he even announced his starting XI to take on Scotland in the opening game of the World Cup. Current boss Tite didn't go that far on Monday afternoon when he announced his squad for Russia. But after the results his team have accumulated, and…