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Neymar in, Coutinho out of Brazil squad

SoccerNews in La Liga 22 Oct 2015

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Neymar has returned to the Brazil squad to face Argentina and Peru next month, but Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has been left out.

Coutinho – who has been criticised in the past by head coach Dunga over his national team form – was included for the recent World Cup qualifiers with Chile and Venezuela before leaving the squad, to be replaced by Kaka.

Both the 23-year-old and team-mate Roberto Firmino have been omitted from the latest squad, as captain Neymar returns following a four-game suspension picked up in the Copa America.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva is again overlooked, but Orlando City veteran Kaka has kept his place and Renato Augusto of Corinthians has earned a recall.

Brazil take on Argentina on November 13 before a home qualifier against Peru four days later.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Cassio (Corinthians), Jefferson (Botafogo).

Defenders: Miranda (Inter), Marquinhos, David Luiz (PSG), Gil (Corinthians), Danilo (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Renato Augusto (Corinthians), Elias (Corinthians), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea), Kaka (Orlando City).

Forwards:Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos), Hulk (Zenit).

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