• Brazil names squad without Neymar for World Cup qualfiers

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    Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar controls the ball during a training session at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Wednesday, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match between AS Roma and Barcelona. AFP PHOTO

    Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar controls the ball during a training session at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Wednesday, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match between AS Roma and Barcelona. AFP PHOTO

    RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian coach Dunga announced his 23-strong squad for the first two 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday (Friday in Manila), leaving out Kaka and also without the suspended Barcelona star Neymar.

    Midfielder Kaka of Orlando City did not make the cut despite having been called up for Brazil’s September friendlies. Also left out in the cold was PSG’s defender Thiago Silva.

    Dunga’s main missing element for the qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela is striker Neymar, who is still serving out a four-match ban for being red carded during this year’s Copa America.

    In-form attacker Hulk, who scored in both the friendlies, makes the squad.

    AFP

    Squad:
    Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio), Alisson (Internacional)

    Defenders: David Luiz (Paris SG/FRA), Miranda (Inter Milan/ITA), Marquinhos (Paris SG/FRA), Gil (Corinthians), Fabinho (Monaco/FRA), Rafinha (Bayern Munich/GER), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Marcelo (Real Madrid/ESP)

    Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg/GER), Fernandinho (Manchester City/ENG), Elias (Corinthians), Renato Augusto (Corinthians), Lucas Lima (Santos), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool/ENG), Oscar (Chelsea/ENG), Willian (Chelsea/ENG), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich/GER)

    Forwards: Hulk (Zenit Saint-Petersburg/RUS), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Lucas (Paris SG/FRA)

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