Brazil Coach Menezes Culls World Cup Players From His First Soccer Squad
Brazil coach Mano Menezes retained just four players from the country’s soccer World Cup campaign in his first squad since he replaced the fired Carlos Dunga.
Menezes, who was appointed two days ago, included 11 newcomers in a 24-man squad to play the U.S. on Aug. 10 in an exhibition match in New Jersey. Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva was among those called up for the first time.
Dani Alves, Ramires, Thiago Silva and Robinho were the only players that featured in Dunga’s 23-man squad in South Africa, where the record five-time world champion lost in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Renan (Avai), Victor (Gremio).
Defenders: Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael da Silva (Manchester United), David Luis (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Thiago Silva (AC Milan).
Midfielders: Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim), Ederson (Lyon), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Hernanes (Sao Paulo), Jucilei (Corinthians), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Ramires (Benfica), Sandro (Internacional).
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Andre (Santos), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro), Neymar (Santos), Robinho (Manchester City).