By Chris Wright
Brazil coach Dunga has revealed his 23-man ‘selecao’ he plans to take to the World Cup this summer.
As thought, there is no room in the squad for AC Milan show-pony Ronaldinho – who’s form has wavered wildly this season for the Rossoneri – and Dunga has also extinguished former Brazil stars Adriano, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo’s (very) faint hopes of making the plane to South Africa.
Two of the most highly-rated young strikers in Brazilian football, AC Milan’s Pato and Santos’ Neymar will also be left at home although Tottenham Hotspur ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes has seen his fine domestic form acknowledged.
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The squad in full…
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter), Heurelho Gomes (Spurs), Alexander Doni (Roma).
Defenders: Lucio, Maicon (Inter), Juan (Roma), Luisao (Benfica), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Michel Bastos (Lyon), Thiago Silva (Milan).
Midfielders: Kaka (Real Madrid), Felipe Melo (Juventus), Ramires (Benfica), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Julio Baptista (Roma), Josue (Wolfsburg), Elano (Galatasaray), Kleberson (Flamengo).
Forwards: Robinho (Santos/Man City), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Grafite (Wolfsburg), Nilmar (Villarreal).