Kaká and Pato return to Brazil’s squad for the Venezuela and Colombia games
Dunga has called up 22 players for Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifier matches vs Venezuela in San Cristobel on October 12th and three days later vs Colombia in the estádio Maracanã in Rio.
The squad contains one real surprise; Inter Milan’s Mancini has been called up into the midfield. The fact that there’s no place for AC Milan’s Ronaldinho Gaúcho should surprise no one as the player was very poor in his recent performances for Brazil and is still not 100% fit. There were, however, a few raised eyebrows when Santos’ Kléber kept his place in the squad.
Brazil will also be able to count on Kaká who is back from injury and Alexandre Pato who was dropped for the last two qualifiers. Benfica’s Luisão and Werder Bremen’s, Diego, are suspended.
Brazil are currently second in the table with 13 points. Paraguay lead the way with 17.
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Julio César (Inter Milan), Doni (Roma)
Wing backs: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Juan Maldonado (Flamengo), Kleber (Santos)
Centrebacks: Lúcio (Bayern Munich), Alex (Chelsea), Juan (Roma), Thiago Silva (Fluminense)
Midfielders: Lucas (Liverpool), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Anderson (Manchester United), Kaká (AC Milan), Elano (Manchester City), Josué (Wolfsburg),
Julio Baptista (Roma), Mancini (Inter Milan)
Forwards: Robinho (Manchester City), Jô (Manchester City), Luis Fabiano (Seville),
Alexandre Pato (AC Milan)