Brazil squad for South Korea and Zambia friendlies announced
Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his Brazil squad for next month’s friendlies against South Korea and Zambia.
Felipão has neglected to make any significant changes from the group of players that saw off Australia and Portugal in August.
The most notable inclusion is Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, who comes in at the expense of Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernando. The 26 year-old has returned to form on Merseyside side this season, having seemingly put his injury concerns behind him, and will get a chance to add to his 20 cap haul. He has not featured for the Seleção since 2011.
Other than Lucas, all Scolari’s alterations have been enforced. With captain Thiago Silva, Fred and goalkeeper Júlio César injured, the 64 year-old has looked to the Brasileirão for replacements.
Atlético Mineiro stopper Victor and Cruzeiro defender Dedé are recalled, while Henrique (Palmeiras) and Alexandre Pato (Corinthians) retain their places.
Brazil face South Korea in Seoul on October 12, before traveling to Beijing for their meeting with Zambia three days later.
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atlético Mineiro), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), David Luiz (Chelsea), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Palmeiras), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain), Dedé (Cruzeiro)
Midfielders: Ramires (Chelsea), Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain), Oscar (Chelsea), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Hernanes (Lazio), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Alexandre Pato (Corinthians), Jô (Atlético Mineiro)