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Nobody is as scared as me: Neymar

Nerves: Neymar knows that soccer-mad Brazil hopes he is fit to lead its team to glory in the World Cup.  

As Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, battles to be fit for Brazil’s World Cup campaign, he is aware of the pressure.

“Nobody is as scared as me,” he said on Tuesday.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has not played since February, but knows that soccer-mad Brazil hopes he is fit to lead its team to glory in the World Cup.

“I know that people are a little anxious, but nobody more than me, nobody is as nervous about my comeback and nobody is more scared than me,” Neymar told Brazilian station TV Globo.

No place for Ibra in Sweden squad

Sweden coach Janne Andersson named a 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday that dashed the faint hopes of fans expecting to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic feature at Russia 2018.

Sweden beat Italy in the World Cup play-offs last November, sparking speculation that former Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic would come out of international retirement.

The squad: Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Karl-Johan Johnsson. Defenders: Andreas Granqvist, Victor Lindelof, Mikael Lustig, Ludwig Augustinsson, Pontus Jansson, Emil Krafth, Filip Helander, Martin Olsson. Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson, Gustav Svensson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Viktor Claesson, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Rohden, Oscar Hiljemark. Forwards: Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Isaac Kiese-Thelin, Ola Toivonen.

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