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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fernandinho called up for Brazil friendly

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has selected Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho in his squad for the friendly against South Africa next month.

Fernandinho spent eight years at Shakhtar before joining City.
Fernandinho has been called up by Scolari.

Duarte: Better late than never

Fernandinho joins players such as Neymar, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Hulk and Bayern Munich's Rafinha in the party for the match in Johannesburg.

However, there was no room for Kaka -- who has not represented his country since March -- or Robinho, who last played for Brazil towards the end of last year.

The squad has yet to be fully finalised, with Scolari opting to wait until closer to the fixture before choosing players from Brazilian clubs to allow them to reach top form and fitness. He said he expected to select three or four.

Among them could be Fluminese striker Fred, currently recovering from a niggling injury problem, who was one of Brazil’s star performers at the Confederations Cup last summer.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (QPR).
Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea).
Strikers: Hulk (Zenit), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Willian (Chelsea), Neymar (Barcelona).

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