Brazil announce squad for Canada, Venezuela, Paraguay and Argentina matches
On Thursday, Brazil coach, Dunga, put out his squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Canada in Seattle on 31st May and Venezuela in Boston on the 6th June, and the World Cup qualifiers vs. Paraguay in Assunção and Argentina in Belo Horizonte on the 15th and 18th June.
The name that stood out was that of forward Adriano (photo) who had not been called up since February 2007 when he appeared in the friendly against Portugal in London.
The on-loan Inter Milan player has recovered much of his form at São Paulo and was responsible for his side’s only goal vs. Fluminense on Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
Due to their teams continued involvement in the South American competition, both Adriano and Santos’ Kléber will only join the squad for the World Cup qualifiers. Marcelo and Rafael Sóbis will fill in for the friendlies.
Doni and Elano are also back in the squad for the first time since 2007.
One noticeable absentee was Barcelona’s Ronaldinho Gaúcho who remains out of Dunga’s immediate plans.
The squad in full:
Keepers: Diego (Almeria, Spain), Doni (Roma, Italy), Júlio Cesar (Inter Milan)
Wingers: Daniel Alves (Seville, Spain), Kleber (Santos, Brazil), Maicon (Inter Milan, Italy) & Marcelo (Real Madrid, Spain)
Centrebacks: Alex (Chelsea, England), Luisão (Benfica, Portugal), Juan (Roma, Italy) & Lúcio (Bayern Munich, Germany)
Defensive midfielders: Mineiro (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Josué (Wolfsburg, Germany), Gilberto (Tottenham, England) & Gilberto Silva (Arsenal, England)
Midfield: Júlio Baptista (Real Madrid, Spain), Kaká (Milan, Italy), Anderson (Manchester United, England), Elano (Manchester City, England) & Diego (Werder Bremen, Germany)
Forwards: Robinho (Real Madrid, Spain), Luís Fabiano (Seville, Spain), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan, Italy), Rafael Sóbis (Betis, Spain) & Adriano (São Paulo, Brazil)
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