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Neymar left out of Brazil squad for Argentina friendly

  • Published at 12:22 pm May 20th, 2017
Neymar left out of Brazil squad for Argentina friendly
Neymar and several other top Brazilian players have been left out of the national squad for friendlies next month against Argentina and Australia, coach Tite said on Friday, giving some of them a long summer break for the first time since 2010. The Barcelona striker has played a major tournament every summer since the Copa America in 2011 and he, along with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, who is suffering from a muscle strain, were left out Tite's reformed squad. Regulars Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo and Daniel Alves were also spared the trip down under. In their place, Monaco centre back Jemerson and Corinthians midfielder Rodriguinho were called up for the first time. Shakhtar Donetsk striker Taison, who has played just six minutes of international football, was another surprise inclusion. David Luiz will return in defence and Gabriel Jesus was recalled after two months out injured at Manchester City. Brazil will play Argentina on June 9 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and face the host nation at the same venue four days later. Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico Paranense) and Ederson (Benfica) Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (AS Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) and Rafinha (Bayern Munich) Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit St. Petersburg), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians) and Willian (Chelsea) Forwards: Diego Souza (Paranense), Douglas Costa (Bayern), Gabriel Jesus (Man City) and Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)