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Five Premier League players in Brazil squad

Ramires (left) is the most-capped player included from England
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Brazil coach Mano Menezes has named a 28-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Holland and Romania, and five players based in England have been included.

Chelsea defender David Luiz is on the list after an impressive start to his Premier League career. Luiz joined from Benfica in January, and has been a regular fixture in the first team since his arrival. He made his Brazil debut last year, and currently has five caps.

Also included from Chelsea is Ramires. Like Luiz, he moved to the Blues from Benfica, although he has struggled to have as much of an impact since his transfer last summer. He featured in the 2010 World Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup, and has played 21 times for the national side since his first appearance in 2009, scoring twice.


Lucas is included after an impressive season for Liverpool. The midfielder made his debut for the Seleção in 2007, but so far has only picked up ten caps. However, he has started appearing more under Menezes, and seems to now be a regular starter in the side. He played for Brazil in the 2008 Olympics, where he helped them to a bronze medal.


Tottenham Hotspur's Sandro has been one of the best new signings in the Premier League this season, and his form has earned him a place in Menezes' selection. He narrowly missed out on a place in last year's World Cup squad, having been on a list of seven back-up players, and has played for Brazil five times.


The final player from England in the squad is Manchester United's Anderson. He recently helped his side to win the league title, and will be looking to add to his eight caps, having not featured for the national team for three years. He was also in the 2008 Olympic Squad, and scored in the tournament against New Zealand.


There was no place in the squad for Heurelho Gomes, or either of the da Silva twins, Rafael and Fabio. After the friendly matches, the list will be cut to 23 for the Copa America. The full selection can be found here.


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