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Gabriel Jesus wants Brazil to step up without Neymar

Gabriel Jesus wants Brazil to step up in Neymar's absence.

The Manchester City striker has called on his national team to improve for their World Cup qualifier against Venezuela despite their talisman being missing due to a groin strain and suggests that every player should embrace the pressure of representing the Selecao.

Jesus said: "Obviously we talk about the importance of Neymar with his club and for our team, how much he has given and gives every day. I'm a big fan.

"But when it comes to the national team, everyone has to share the responsibility, it can't just fall on him. Everyone is here for a reason.

"With Neymar, we were closer to victory, but the Selecao demonstrated that they can play without him. We always want him to be available, as he scores, assists. But if he can't play, while we know his importance, we have to share the responsibility.

"Whoever is here has the quality to make the Selecao win."

Jesus explained that he relished every opportunity he has to play for Brazil.

He said: "Even as a young man, I have a certain history here and I am happy to wear this shirt that I always dreamed of," he said.

"And whenever there is a call-up, it is the same party as always; I look, I hear my name and I am moved. I always want to come and help, and this time I came with 100 per cent focus to be able to help."

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