Adriano recalled by Brazil for Portugal friendly
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Striker Adriano was called up by Brazil for the first time since the World Cup on Monday when he was included in the squad for next month's friendly against Portugal in London.
The match will be Brazil's first meeting with the former colonial power - and their Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari - since their 2-1 defeat in Porto four years ago.
'He has been through a troubled time but he is getting back on the right path again and this is a way of giving him some more incentive,' coach Dunga told reporters.
Adriano was heavily criticised for his performance in Germany last year and his dramatic loss of form continued when he returned to Inter Milan.
However, the powerhouse striker has recently started to show some glimpses of his old self and was on target for his club in their 3-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday.
But Dunga said: 'We don't have reserves in the Brazil squad, we have choices. Each player has to win his place in the team.'
There were no major surprises in the 22-man squad where, once again, there was no room for out-of-sorts striker Ronaldo who has not been picked since the World Cup.
Dunga, who replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira after the World Cup, is unbeaten after five games in charge.
But the former World Cup captain, who as a player led Brazil to World Cup victory in 1994, said: 'As far as I'm concerned, we're starting again. We depend on the results and the productivity of the team.'
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Helton (Porto)
Defenders: Adriano Correia (Sevilla), Alex Rodrigo (PSV Eindhoven), Daniel Alves (Sevilla), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Luisao (Benfica), Maicon (Inter Milan)
Midfielders: Diego (Werder Bremen), Dudu Cearense (CSKA Moscow), Edmilson (Barcelona), Elano (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Kaka (AC Milan), Tinga (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Adriano (Inter Milan), Fred (Olympique Lyon), Rafael Sobis (Betis), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona).