Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Brazil spring surprise by picking Fernandinho

Brazil spring surprise by picking Fernandinho

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 20:27
Brazil spring surprise by picking Fernandinho
Sao Paulo: Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho was a surprise inclusion when Brazil named their squad on Tuesday for the World Cup warmup against South Africa next month.

The player featured under former coach Mano Menezes and Luiz Felipe Scolari has recalled him for the final friendly before he announces his 23-man World Cup squad on May 7.

The list of 16 players includes four from Chelsea plus Bayern Munich pair Rafinha and Dante.

Among the absentees are Robinho, Kaka, Lucas Leiva, Hernanes, Maicon and Philippe Coutinho.


Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers)

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona)

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