Some changes were made in Dunga´s callup list compared to the last time around when they defeated both Colombia and Ecuador in the United States. On Wednesday, Dunga announced his callup list as the national side prepares to take on Argentina in Beijing and Japan in Singapore on October 14.
With the scandalous departure of Maicon and the injury to Alex Sandro, Dunga decided to give two young defenders a chance to earn a spot on the national team. Those were the two changes on the national side compared to the last FIFA international date.
Inter defender Dodô as well as CSKA Moscow’s Mario Fernandes make their first-ever callup to the Canarinha. Dodô has slowly started to get the opportunities to get some playing tie at Inter after being loaned to the nerozaaurri by AS Roma. Dodô was a mainstay in Brazil’s youth squads and has shown promise while playing for Corinthians as well as Bahía during his time in the Brasileirão. The 22-year-old was also vital in Inter’s 7-0 win over Sassuolo this past weekend in Serie A.
Mario Fernandes makes returns to the national team picture after three years. The former Grêmio man was considered one fo the promises of Brazilian football back in 2011 and was called up by Mano Menezes to be part of the squad for that year’s Clásico de las Americas but decided to step down due to “personal reasons”. When asked as to why the player was being brought back, he said that “everybody deserved a second chance.” Dunga also added that a young player could not be “crucified because of a mistake he made.”
For the most part, Dunga decided to maintain the same callup for the most part as he is currently looking at building a squad for the upcoming Copa America. He is currently looking to offer continuity to many of the players as well as solidifying the squad en route to Russia 2018.
Dunga also explained the absence of Hulk and attributed it to a conversation he had with medical staff at Zenit St. Petersburg as well as national team physician Eduardo Santos. After that there was a statement from the player and the club saying that he would be out for four to six weeks after the injury was confirmd at the beginning of the month.
Argentina will releasee their list in the coming days as they prepare for the match against Brazil in Beijing´s Bird Nest, the same stadium where they both faced off in the semifinals of the Olympics back in 2008.
Goalkeepeers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli- ITA)
Defenders: David Luiz (PSG-FRA), Marquinhos (PSG-FRA), Gil (Corinthians), João Miranda (Atlético Madrid- ESP), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow-RUS), Filipe Luis (Chelsea- ENG), Dodô (Inter-ITA), Danilo (FC Porto-POR)
Midfielders- Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg-GER), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City-ENG), Ramires (Chelsea-ENG), Éverton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Óscar (Chelsea-ENG), Robinho (Santos), Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Willian (Chelsea-ENG), Neymar (FC Barcelona-ESP), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool-ENG),
Forward: Diego Tardelli (Atlético-MG)