Brazil announce squad for Republic of Ireland 2nd March 2010
Dunga has called up 22 players to face the Republic in Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on 2nd March.
AC Milan’s Ronaldinho Gaúcho has been left out once again and is now unlikely to be called up for the World Cup. Ronaldinho’s last appearance for his country was in April last year against Peru. Also out are Liverpool midfielder Lucas, São Paulo centreback Miranda, leftwing back André Santos of Fernerbahçe and Grêmio keeper Victor.
Dunga has recalled Lyon’s Michel Bastos, Roma’s Juan and Doni, Flamengo’s Kléberson and Cruzeiro’s Gilberto. The latter is the only surprise. Gilberto has been operating in midfield for Cruzeiro but may act as a leftback for Brazil.
The match vs Ireland will be Brazil’s only fixture before the World Cup finals in South Africa.
Dunga’s team start their World Cup campaign against North Korea on 15th June. Five days later they play Ivory Coast and then finish the Group stage against Portugal on 25th June.
Brazil squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Julio César (Inter Milan), Doni (Roma)
Wingbacks: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Gilberto (Cruzeiro),
Michel Bastos (Lyon)
Centrebacks: Juan (Roma), Lúcio (Inter Milan), Luisão (Benfica), Thiago Silva (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josué (Wolfsburg), Felipe Melo (Juventus), Kaká (Real Madrid), Ramires (Benfica), Elano (Galatasaray), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kleberson (Flamengo)
Forwards: Robinho (Santos), Adriano (Flamengo), Nilmar (Villarreal), Luis Fabiano (Seville)
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