Ronaldinho returns to Brazil squad for friendly against Chile

Published April 16th, 2013 - 08:09 GMT
Ronaldinho returns to Brazil squad
Ronaldinho returns to Brazil squad

Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has called up a host of high profile names for the World Cup 2014 hosts' friendly with Chile on April 24, with Ronaldinho returning to the international fray once again.

The ex-Barcelona playmaker was left out the last squad - which saw the Selecao draw with Italy and Russia on neutral European turf in March - but the Atletico Mineiro man was selected on Tuesday by the former Portugal and Chelsea boss.

The likes of Neymar, Leandro Damiao and Alexandre Pato will jostle for a spot up front, while Corinthians' Paulinho, Sao Paulo's Jadson and Gremio's Fernando will vie for a place in midfield.

Andre Santos, on loan at Gremio from Arsenal, has been called up to Felipao's latest squad but his fellow defenders have an air of inexperience due to the omission of all European-based players from the squad.

As a result, Paris Saint-Germain duo Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura, Real Madrid pair Kaka and Marcelo, Bayern Munich centre-back Dante and Chelsea's Selecao trio of Ramires, Oscar and David Luiz miss out as their club campaigns come to a close.

Diego CavalieriFluminense
Andre SantosGremio
DedeVasco da Gama
ReverAtletico Mineiro
Marcos RochaAtletico Mineiro
JadsonSao Paulo
RonaldinhoAtletico Mineiro
Alexandre PatoCorinthians
Leandro DamiaoInternacional
OsvaldoSao Paulo

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