Brazil have named Barcelona’s Neymar and Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa as over-age players in its Rio 2016 Olympics squad, leaving out Liverpool Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
The exclusion of Coutinho who was Liverpool’s player of the year last season will come as a big relief to the Kops’ boss Jurgen Klopp. The Olympic football tournament is scheduled to run from August 3 to August 20, meaning that the Reds duo would have missed the first two Premier League games of the season plus a sizeable chunk of the valuable pre-season period had they been selected.
The third permitted over-age player is Palmeiras goalkeeper Fernando Prass.
Gabriel Barbosa, the teenage Santos striker who scored on his Brazil debut last month, is one of five forwards in the largely under-23 squad. Under-20s coach Rogerio Micale will manage the side after Dunga’s sacking following the Copa America.
Goalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeira), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro).
Defenders: Marquinhos (PSG), Luan (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Zeca (Santos), William (Internacional), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro).
Midfielders: Thiago Maia (Santos), Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rafinha (Barcelona), Felipe Anderson (Lazio).
Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Luan (Gremio).