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Casemiro left out of Brazil Copa America squad

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 May 2024

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Brazil coach Dorival Junior announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming Copa America, with Casemiro one of the big names missing out on a place.

The Manchester United midfielder, who has 75 caps for Brazil, has struggled in a difficult season and was omitted from the squad along with Tottenham forward Richarlison, Selecao’s top-scorer at the 2022 World Cup.

17-year-old Endrick, who is due to join Real Madrid in July, is in the squad after scoring two goals in four appearances since his debut for Brazil last year.

He became the youngest male player to score an international goal at Wembley when he netted the winner against England in March.

While announcing the squad, Dorival Junior explained the reason for Casemiro’s exclusion.

He said: “He deserves every respect from us all. I had a chat with him in Manchester about three months ago. I explained what I thought about his moment, his team, and what I needed.

“It doesn’t mean that because he’s not coming this time, that he is or will be ruled out, in the future in any sense.

“He knows very well what I think about him, and that’s the main thing. Tomorrow, I’ll make contact with Casemiro calmly, naturally putting forward what I believe could happen in the future, not least because he’s a player who deserves consideration, affection, respect and that we continue to believe in a player of this calibre.”

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