Brazil coach Dunga keeps 10 World Cup players

DPA Rio de Janeiro | Updated on August 19, 2014

New Brazil national coach Carlos Dunga made public on Tuesday his first squad for upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador, which includes only 10 of the 23 men who played the 2014 World Cup.

Star striker Neymar leads the side, which also includes keeper Jefferon; defenders David Luiz and Maicon; midfielders Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Ramires, Willian and Oscar; and striker Hulk.

Dunga called up four men who have never played for Brazil: Napoli keeper Rafael, Corinthians defender Gil, and midfielder Everton Ribeiro and striker Ricardo Goulart, both from Cruzeiro. The coach did not call veteran striker Robinho.

Brazil, which played the World Cup on home soil, suffered the worst defeat in their history in the semi-finals, when they lost 7-1 to the eventual champions Germany.

Dunga, who captained Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title and coached them in the 2010 World Cup, said that this squad is only a start.

“No player who is not on this list can believe he is being excluded because he will have his chance in the future, and no player who has been called up can take his place for granted,” the coach said.

Brazil are set to play Colombia in Miami September 5 and Ecuador four days later in New Jersey.

Published on August 19, 2014

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