Brazil: Renan Lodi not summoned because he is not fully vaccinated

Renan Lodi has not been called up for Brazil’s national team’s upcoming matches against Ecuador and Paraguay. The Atlético side, whose vaccination cycle is not complete, cannot enter Ecuador due to the health protocols in force.

The 16e selection of Renan Lodi will wait. The left side of Atlético de Madrid has not been called up for the next two matches of the Seleção against Ecuador, on 27 January, and Paraguay, February 1, as part of the qualifications for the World Cup 2022. Brazilian coach Tite and his staff revealed at a press conference that Renan Lodi had not been called up in the absence of a complete vaccination cycle against the coronavirus.

“He does not only received the first dose on 01 January. He would not be able to enter Ecuador due to current health protocols and would be subject to restrictions in Brazil”, explained Juninho Paulista, coordinator of the Seleção. “Vaccination is a social responsibility, added Tite. This is what I say to my family, to the people for whom I am responsible, to my grandchildren. (…) We respect the rules put in place by the ‘Ecuador.’ His deputy César Sampaio also wanted to remind that Brazilian internationals are not under pressure to be vaccinated.

“We do not force any athlete to be vaccinated”

“The selection does not force anyone to be vaccinated, we respect individual decisions. We have our opinion, but we do not force any athlete to be vaccinated”, said he said in remarks reported by UOL Esporte. Juninho Paulista also specified that a flight chartered by the federation would leave Madrid on 25 January to bring players playing in Europe (and whose vaccination cycle is complete) directly in Quito, for the match against Ecuador.

Brazil, which prances in the lead of the South American qualifications with 35 points taken out of 2022 possible, has already validated his ticket for Qatar.

For these two matches in Coming against Ecuador and Paraguay, four Ligue 1 players have been retained by Tite: the Parisian Marquinhos, the Marseillais Gerson, and the Lyonnais Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimaraes. Neymar, still convalescing after his sprained ankle, is spared.