New Brazil coach Dunga announced the first squad of his second spell in charge of A Seleção on Tuesday, with only ten of those who featured at the FIFA World Cup™ making the cut. After the traumatic semi-final exit from the World Cup at the semi-final stage to Germany last month, Brazil parted company with Luiz Felipe Scolari and brought back Dunga, the coach of the team at South Africa 2010.
He named a squad of 22 players for the friendlies against Colombia in Miami on 5 September and Ecuador in New Jersey four days later. Neymar, who suffered a fractured vertebrae in the World Cup quarter-final defeat of Colombia but made his comeback for Barcelona this week, is in the squad.
Only six of those who started the 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany, David Luiz, Fernandinho, Hulk, Oscar, Luiz Gustavo and Maicon, feature. Chelsea duo Ramires and Willian and back-up goalkeeper Jefferson are also maintained, but Marcelo, Dani Alves and Paulinho are among those dropped.
Captain Thiago Silva is missing after suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)
Defenders: David Luiz(Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Maicon (Roma), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Alex Sandro, Danilo (FC Porto)
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Oscar (Chelsea)
Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Willian (Chelsea), Neymar (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro)