Brazil have strength in depth in the centre of defence, where Joao Miranda is one of their mainstays. A multiple trophy winner with both Sao Paulo and Atletico Madrid, the experienced centre-back has gradually become a permanent fixture in the Seleçao set-up.
Though he made his debut in a 2009 friendly and was an unused member of the squad that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa that year, it was not under after the FIFA World Cup™ on home soil in 2014 that Miranda began to feature regularly in the national team, with Dunga showing more faith in him than his predecessor Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The central defender is very much a part of Tite’s plans and missed just one Russia 2018 qualifier through injury. One of Brazil’s leaders, he has on occasion been handed captaincy duties in the absence of Neymar.