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Brazil call for Fred; Ronaldinho omitted

SAO PAULO -- Fluminense forward Fred has been called up by Brazil for next week's friendly against South Africa, but Luiz Felipe Scolari has left Ronaldinho out of his squad.

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Atletico Mineiro striker Jo and Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson also were added Monday for the March 5 game at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari added Fred to the squad for next week's friendly.

Ronaldinho's chances of making the World Cup appear to be dwindling with Scolari expected to announce his World Cup squad on May 7.

The former Barcelona and AC Milan star was a member of Scolari's team that won the 2002 World Cup and was selected by the coach after he was rehired in late 2012, but the Atletico Mineiro playmaker was left out of the Confederations Cup squad last year.

Fred has been a regular in Scolari's team but there were doubts whether he would be called up because of recent muscle injuries.

Scolari had announced 16 foreign-based players on Jan. 11. Also missing from the initial list were midfielder Kaka and AC Milan teammate Robinho.

Brazil squad to face South Africa:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Julio Cesar (Toronto, Canada)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona, Spain), Dante (Bayern Munich, Germany), David Luiz (Chelsea, England), Marcelo (Real Madrid, Spain), Rafinha (Bayern Munich, Germany), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City, England), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg, Germany), Oscar (Chelsea, England), Paulinho (Tottenham, England), Ramires (Chelsea, England)

Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Neymar (Barcelona, Spain), Willian (Chelsea, England)

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