Brazil's defender Thiago Silva was impressed by what he saw of Australia in their clash with France | AFP
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Brazil have named Thiago Silva as captain for Friday’s World Cup match against Costa Rica in continuation of their long-standing policy of rotating the team leadership.

The Paris St Germain (PSG) defender last wore the armband last June during a 1-0 defeat by Argentina.

That friendly loss in Australia was the only defeat suffered by coach Tite’s Brazil in the last 22 games.

Brazil drew their Group E opener 1-1 with Switzerland and face Costa Rica, who lost their opening match 1-0 to Serbia, in St Petersburg.

It will be recalled that Real Madrid defender Marcelo captained the team in their Group E opener against Switzerland.

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