Brazil squad for Scotland 27 March 2011 includes Liverpool’s Lucas, Chelsea’s Ramires & Luiz, & Tottenham’s Ranieri
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has called up 23 players for the international friendly against Scotland on March 27th in Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.
Three players that appeared for Brazil in last year’s World Cup make a return as Menezes opts for experience with Maicon, Lúcio and Elano. New faces include: São Paulo’s Lucas Moura who was outstanding for Brazil’s U20s in Peru last month, Cruzeiro’s Henrique and Valencia’s new forward, Jonas.
But for the first time since Mano Menezes took charge, AC Milan’s Robinho has been dropped. There are no places for Kaká, Ronaldinho Gaúcho or Hernanes. Santos’ Paulo Henrique Ganso is still coming back from an injury that kept him out of action for six months.
Brazil will go into this one on the back of 1-0 defeats to Argentina and France. Until now coach Menezes has enjoyed popular support largely but a loss against Scotland and the ripples of discontent will start to grow.
Brazil squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Julio César (Inter Milan), Victor (Grêmio)
Wingbacks: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Inter Milan), André Santos (Fenerbahçe), Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Central defenders: Thiago Silva (Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Luisão (Benfica),
Lúcio (Inter Milan)
Defensive midfielders: Lucas (Liverpool), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham),
Creative midfielders: Elias (Atlético Madrid), Elano (Santos), Renato Augusto (Bayer Leverkusen), Jadson (Shakhtar Donetsk), Lucas Moura (São Paulo)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (Milan), Nilmar (Villarreal), Neymar (Santos), Jonas (Valencia)
Squad updates: Alessandre Pato and Nilmar are doubtful. Internacional’s Leandro Damião called up as a replacement. the 21-year-old has scored 13 times for Inter this year
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