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By ESPN Staff
Sep 21, 2006

Brazil name four uncapped players in squad

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Brazil named four uncapped players in their squad on Thursday for next month's friendly internationals against Kuwait and Ecuador.

Goalkeeper Helton, full backs Daniel Alves and Adriano Correia and midfielder Lucas were all given the chance to make their first appearance for the five-times world champions.

Brazil are away to Kuwait on Oct. 7 and face fellow South Americans Ecuador three days later, possibly in Barcelona.

Coach Dunga, unbeaten in three matches since replacing Carlos Alberto Parreira, included eight survivors of Brazil's World Cup squad including Ronaldinho, Kaka and Robinho.

Ronaldo, who underwent an operation to clear up his left knee after the World Cup and has yet to play this season, was excluded as was striker Adriano, who is struggling for his best form at Inter Milan.

Daniel Alves, who played for Brazil in the 2003 World Youth Cup, replaces Real Madrid's Cicinho who has been dropped after unconvincing performances against Argentina and Wales this month. The 23-year-old joined Sevilla in 2003 after starting at Barcelona.

Left back Adriano Correia, 22, also plays for Sevilla, whom he joined last year after beginning his career with Coritiba.

Lucas, 19, who plays for Gremio, is the youngest player in the squad but has already made an impact in his first season in the Brazilian championship's first division.

Meanwhile, Porto's Helton gets his first call-up at the age of 28.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Helton (Porto), Gomes (PSV Eindhoven)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Sevilla), Maicon (Inter Milan), Marcelo (Fluminense), Adriano Correia (Sevilla), Luisao (Benfica), Alex Dias (PSV Eindhoven), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Lucas (Gremio), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Edmilson (Barcelona), Dudu Cearense (CSKA Moscow), Kaka (AC Milan), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Elano (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Forwards: Robinho (Real Madrid), Fred (Olympique Lyon), Vagner Love (CSKA Moscow), Rafael Sobis (Real Betis), Daniel Carvalho (CSKA Moscow)