Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has been named in a 16-man group of international-based players called up by Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil's friendly against South Africa on 5 March.

The 28-year-old Fernandinho, a £30m signing for City last summer, has only five caps for his country but has been hoping to use his strong form in his debut English Premier League season to force his way into the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ picture.

And despite missing City's last two games with an injury, he has taken a huge step towards that goal by earning a call-up.

Chelsea quartet David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar and Willian are all named, while QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar is also included despite finding himself second choice at the Sky Bet Championship side this season - his only appearance of the campaign coming in a 4-0 FA Cup defeat to Everton.

Scolari will complete the squad with Brazilian-based players to be named at a later date.

Brazil squad to face South Africa:

Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers);

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich);

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Willian (Chelsea);

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Neymar (Barcelona).