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Brazil’s Copa America Squad Named.. No Neymar, David Luiz, Marcelo or Roberto Firmino

Brazil’s Copa America Squad Named.. No Neymar, David Luiz, Marcelo or Roberto Firmino

Dunga has named his 23-man Brazil squad for the Copa America this summer – and he’s decided to ignore a whole host of big names.

The Brazilian coach appears to have no problem upsetting the apple cart with his national team selections.

There was intense discussion pre-announcement that he may decide to involve Neymar despite Barcelona suggesting they don’t want their star man playing in the special centenary event in USA and in the Olympics – something he’s already confirmed to be involved in.

Dunga initially named a 40-man squad last week which failed to show Neymar, David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Marcelo.

And he’s sprung no surprises with those players when announcing his final squad today.

However, there are shocks that some stars included in his 40-man list have now failed to make the cut for the big tournament.

Dunga hasn’t necessarily set the heather alight in either of his spells as Brazil coach – with last year’s Copa America seeing his team knocked out by Paraguay at the quarter-final stage.

So you’d expect him to name the strongest squad possible for the tournament kicking off in June.

Instead, there are a host of Brazil based players included, while some big name European stars have failed to go from the 40-man squad into the 23-man one.

Those are: Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Oscar (Chelsea), Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Jonas (Valencia).

Even Kaka and Alex Teixeira have missed out:

PSG duo Silva and Luiz appear to have missed out due to being out of favour with Dunga, while Neymar’s exclusion appears purely political.

But why are there so many glaring omissions from the latest Brazil squad?

In a group alongside Ecuador, Peru and Haiti, you’d still expect the Selecao to make it through to the knockout stages of the competition, but it’s there where you’d expect their squad to find it tough.

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