[Left] Dodo in action for Inter Milan – [Right] CSKA Moscow’s Mario Fernandes
Rio de Janiero, Sep 18: Brazil’s chief football coach Dunga has called up defenders Mario Fernandes and Dodo for friendlies against Argentina and Japan next month. Also Read - National Security Advisors of BRICS Nations to Hold Virtual Meeting on Thursday
Expectedly, Dunga’s 22-man squad includes Barcelona star Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz and Chelsea quartet Oscar, Ramires, Filipe Luis and Willian. Luiz’s club teammate and former Selecao captain Thiago Silva was left out as he continues his recovery from a back injury, reports Xinhua. Also Read - With Spike of Over 90,000 Cases, India's Tally Crosses 42 Lakh-mark; Second Highest After US | Key Points
Brazil will play Argentina in Beijing Oct 11 before meeting Japan in Singapore three days later. Inter Milan left-back Dodo replaces Real Madrid’s Marcelo while CSKA Moscow’s Fernandes is in for Roma right-back Maicon. The selection of Fernandes comes three years after the 23-year-old rejected a national call-up under former Selecao boss Mano Menezes. Also Read - With Over 4 Million Cases, India Surpasses Brazil to Become Second Worst-hit Nation by COVID-19
“He was young, he still is, (but) he deserves a second chance. We can’t crucify him for mistakes he made in the past. He left Brazil at a young age and we have to be sensitive to that,” Dunga told a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Earlier this month Brazil defeated Colombia and Ecuador, both 1-0, in friendlies played in the United States.
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)
Defenders: David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Dodo (Internacional), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Mario Fernandes (CSKA), Danilo (FC Porto)
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Oscar (Chelsea), Coutinho (Liverpool)
Forwards: Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Robinho (Santos), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico MG)
We can’t crucify him for mistakes he made in the past. He left Brazil at a young age and we have to be sensitive to that.