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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Marcelo, Philippe Coutinho added to Brazil squad for friendlies

Philippe Coutinho will join the Brazil squad in the United States next month.

Real Madrid full-back Marcelo and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho are among four additions to the Brazil squad for September friendlies, the country's federation has announced.

Coach Dunga announced his squad two weeks ago for games against Costa Rica on Sept. 5 and the United States three days later, but now he has made four changes over the past 48 hours.

Marcelo will replace the injured Filipe Luis, who picked up a hamstring in training with Atletico Madrid this week and will not...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Kaka aims to earn a spot on Brazil 2018 qualifying team

Orlando City captain Kaka reflects on being included in the latest Brazil squad and says he's looking forward to contributing on the pitch.
Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath heaps praise on Kaka for the impact he's had on the team and says that younger players all look up to him.
Kaka has expressed his joy at being a suprise inclusion in Dunga's latest Brazil squad
Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath admits he'd rather have Kaka in his side, but is delighted that the Brazilian has been recalled to play for Brazil.

Orlando City SC midfielder Kaka said his goal is to remain with the Selecao for 2018 World Cup qualifying after the two September friendlies in the United States.

The 2007 Ballon d'Or winner, who played on Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning squad, was a surprise inclusion on Dunga's 24-man squad for two important tests against Costa Rica and the United States. Brazil will face Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 5, before taking on the U.S. team at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 8.

"This year we have four...

 By Ian Holyman

Thiago Silva says he's motivated by being left off Brazil squad

Thiago Silva was not included in the Brazil squad after captaining the Selecao at the World Cup in 2014.

Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva says his snub by Brazil coach Dunga will simply "motivate me more."

Silva, 30, was left out of the Brazil squad by Dunga, 51, for the Selecao's friendlies with Costa Rica and the United States early next month.

The central defender, who captained his country at last year's World Cup, will see PSG teammates David Luiz, Lucas and Marquinhos all head off to join the squad, a sight Silva believes will merely spur him forward.

"It's difficult for me. I don't know...

 By Mike Whalley

Philippe Coutinho Brazil snub baffles Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

The ESPN FC crew examine Brazil's squad for their September friendlies in the United States and discuss whether or not Dunga was right to omit Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he cannot understand why Philippe Coutinho has been dropped from the Brazil squad.

National team coach Dunga has omitted the forward from his 24-man party to face Costa Rica and the United States in friendlies in September.

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That is despite the fact that Coutinho started the Premier League season with a spectacular winner as Liverpool beat Stoke 1-0 on Aug. 9.

The 23-year-old will seek to continue that form when the Reds host promoted Bournemouth in the Premier...