Thiago Silva Picks Out Brazil's Next Wave Of Talented Defenders

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Brazil international Thiago Silva says the national team has a promising future in defence and backed three youngsters to lead the Selecao's next generation.

The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back has highlighted three teenagers in his homeland who he believes will star for their country in the future

The centre-back, 30, captained his nation at last summer's World Cup but lost his place in the side after suffering a hamstring injury in August, with new coach Dunga picking David Luiz and Miranda at the heart of the defence.

But with the pair aged 30 and 27 respectively, it won't be too long before Brazil's next back of young talent are knocking on the door for international recognition and Thiago Silva has noted three young defenders with huge potential.

“Brazil has uncovered some very good young defenders.,” the Paris Saint-Germain defender told Foot Mercato.

“There are two or three names that come to mind. Samir at Flamengo reads the game very well. He's left-footed and it's not easy to be a left-footed defender.

“Then there is Marlon at Fluminese. He's a very good defender who is coming to prominence in Brazil.

“And finally there's Elivelton, who also plays for Fluminense. He's another youngster who has similar characteristics to Marlon. As he's young, he can still improve his technique. I am sure that those three will join a European club soon.”

Twenty-year-old Samir made his U21 debut for the Selecao last year and helped his side to the Copa do Brasil in 2013.

Marlon, 19, made 16 starts for Fluminense in Brasileirao 2014 as well as making six appearances for Alexandre Gallo’s Brazil at the Under-20 South American Championship this year, and is rumoured to be attracting attention from Italian giants AC Milan.

Team-mate Elivelton played 46 times for Fluminense last year but lost his place in the side and has moved north to join Nautico on loan.