Brazil name strong selection
Brazil have named a strong selection for their friendly international against Bafana Bafana in Sao Paulo on September 7.
Rising star Neymar of Santos, Chelsea star Ramires, FC Porto forward Hulk, Barcelona right-back Dani Alves and his club-mate Adriano have all been named by coach Mano Menezes.
Playmaker Alexandre Pato is missing with a muscle tear, while the exciting Paulo Henrique Ganso from Santos was not considered as he is plots a move away from the club.
"He needs to make some important decisions," Menezes said. "These uncertainties are currently affecting him.
"We believe in him. We think that once
he makes a decision on whether he is going or staying he will once again be the
player that we want to see in Brazil's national team."
Among the surprise inclusions are Santos midfielder Arouca and Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio.
Brazil squad to play Bafana Bafana:
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Alves (Valencia/ESP), Cassio (Corinthians)
Defenders: Alex Sandro (Porto/POR), Marcelo (Real Madrid/ESP), Daniel Alves (Barcelona/ESP), Adriano (Barcelona/ESP), Thiago Silva (PSG/FRA), David Luiz (Chelsea/ENG), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Dede (Vasco)
Midfielders: Sandro (Tottenham, ENG), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Romulo (Spartak Moscow/RUS), Ramires (Chelsea/ENG), Paulinho (Corinthians), Oscar (Chelsea/ENG), Arouca (Santos)
Attackers: Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Neymar (Santos), Jonas (Valencia/ESP), Hulk (Porto/POR)