Thursday, 23 September 2010

Neymar Left Out of Seleção

Santos may have accepted Neymar's recent antics, but seleção boss Mano Menezes today demonstrated he was made of sterner stuff, leaving the youngster out of the squad for upcoming friendlies in Europe. The youngster, excellent on his début against the USA, will have to improve his attitude to work his way back into Menezes' plans. Brazil will play two games, on the 6th and 13th of October, against opponents to be announced in the coming days.

Neymar has been in the headlines this week for all the wrong reasons.

The full squad list is as follows;

Victor (Grêmio)
Jefferson (Botafogo)
Neto (Atlético-PR)

Daniel Alves (Barcelona)
Mariano (Fluminense)
André Santos (Fenerbahçe)
Adriano (Barcelona)
David Luiz (Benfica)
Alex (Chelsea)
Thiago Silva (Milan)
Réver (Atlético-MG)

Lucas (Liverpool)
Ramires (Chelsea)
Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur)
Elias (Corinthians)
Carlos Éduardo (Rubin Kazan)
Philippe Coutinho (Internazionale)
Wesley (Werder Bremen)
Giuliano (Internacional)

Alexandre Pato (Milan)
André (Dinamo Kyiv)
Nilmar (Villareal)
Robinho (Milan)

There are call-ups, then, for Flu right-back Mariano, and Inter midfielder Giuliano, both of whom have been superb for their clubs in recent months. There are surprise inclusions for Neto, Atlético Paranaense's young goalkeeper, and Wesley, the former Santos midfielder who recently joined German side Werder Bremen. Elias has been rewarded by his former Corinthians mentor for his fine Série A form, but his inclusion means that clubmate Jucilei is left out. Somewhat surprisingly, there is also no place for Hernanes, who has enjoyed a strong start in Italy with Lazio. Most of the players who disappointed during the World Cup remain in limbo, as Menezes looks set to continue with his approach of introducing youngsters to international football.

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