Brazil head coach Dunga has left out Barcelona striker Neymar in his 23-man squad to the Copa América tournament which will be played in the United States next month.
Brazil’s coach, Dunga, accepted Barcelona’s request to use the striker either at the Copa América or at the Rio Olympics in August, and reports from Brazil say the Catalans’ star will be select only for the latter competition.
Dunga’s squad, named on Thursday, includes seven players under the age of 23, all of whom will also be eligible for the Rio games. Two British-based players have been selected, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and the Chelsea midfielder Willian.
Brazil are in Group B with Ecuador, Haiti and Peru and start their campaign on 4 June against Ecuador in Pasadena, California. The competition, which is celebrating its centenary, will take place for the first time outside South America.
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Ederson (Benfica)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fabinho (Monaco), Miranda (Internazionale), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (PSG), Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Douglas Santos (Atlético Mineiro)
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Rafinha Alcântara (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Gouan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Barcelona)
Forwards: Hulk (Zenit), Gabriel “Gabigol” (Santos), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos)