Brazil coach Dunga has released his provisional squad for this summer’s Copa America tournament, with one or two notable omissions.
The manager has sought to cram as many promising youngsters as possible into his 40-man ‘long list’ [as released by the Brazilian Football Federation] and as such, a number of high-profile stars have been overlooked.
Barcelona’s Neymar is the key omission, with the Selecao skipper set to miss out on the tournament after his club allowed him to feature in the Olympics…but not the continental showpiece.
Real Madrid left-back Marcelo has also been overlooked, while David Luiz—typically a favourite of Dunga—has also failed to make the cut.
The coach—a World Cup winner in 1994—has also opted to continue without Thiago Silva. The Paris Saint-Germain skipper hasn’t featured under Dunga since the last Copa America, with the manager giving the impression that he sees the former national team captain—who continues to impress for PSG—as part of the national side’s past, rather than its future.
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