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Kaka, Philippe Coutinho included in Brazil World Cup qualifying recall

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Kaka and Philippe Coutinho were both chosen for Brazil's World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay and Paraguay.

The squad chosen Thursday by Brazil coach Dunga are the last before the Copa America Centenario in June.

Defender Gil and midfielder Renato Augusto, who recently signed for Chinese clubs, were also in the squad.

The match against Uruguay on March 26 will be played in Recife, the city at the epicenter of the Zika virus epidemic. Almost 45,000 tickets have already been sold.

Brazil then play at Paraguay on March 29 in Asuncion.

Dunga also recalled Internacional goalkeeper Alisson while dropping Cassio and Jefferson in favor of Diego Alves and Marcelo Grohe.

After four games in qualifying, Brazil are in third place in the 10-team South American group with seven points.

Kaka recently spoke about the need for Brazilian football to move ahead with the times. 

"I have said before that [Brazilian football] hasn't evolved. If you look closely, other countries are developing and seeking out new training methods and using new technology," Kaka told Algerian magazine Le Buteur. "Brazil football has rested on its laurels. They have been five-time World Cup winners but they continue with the same structure, the same ideas day after day, year after year. And I truly believe that our football must evolve in this sense because there are many positive things we can learn from others.

"Honestly, I don't think that it is question of fear of change. I truly believe that the accomplishment of five World Cup titles means that people think that everything is super and is going very well. But we must reflect and open our minds to new training methods."


Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio)

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Danilo (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Kaka (Orlando City), Willian (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea)

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

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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