Coutinho Dropped as Alves and Marcelo Dropped by Brazil

Brazil manager Dunga has recalled Coutinho to his side, while dropping World Cup flops Fred, Dani Alves, Marcelo and Paulinho from his squad in his second spell with the national team.

Liverpool midfielder Coutinho received his first call up in 2010, to represent his nation in a friendly against Iran but has been absent from the national team ever since.

The 22 year old first burst on the scene as an 18-year-old when he moved to Inter Milan. Rafa Benitez, who had just taken over at the San Siro, declared that the Brazilian was the ‘future of Inter.’

His career stalled however, as Coutinho failed to establish himself in the first team and only made 28 appearances in 2 and a half seasons.

But after sealing a £8.5 million to Liverpool in January 2013, Coutinho found his form and made an instant impact at Anfield.

His quick feet, dribbling ability and a number of glorious passes and assists earned him the nickname of the ‘mini magician’ from the Liverpool faithful, but calls for Coutinho to be recalled to the Brazil World Cup squad were ignored by manager Luiz Filipe Scolari.

The shambolic 7-1 semi-final defeat to Champions Germany lead to the reform of the Brazil national team as the hosts were embarrassingly eliminated from the competition.

Manager Scolari was sacked and replaced by Dunga, who captained Brazil to their last World Cup victory in 1994 and before managed the side in the 2010 World Cup.

Players Fred, Dani Alves, Marcelo and Paulinho have been dropped for Brazil’s first fixture since the World Cup. Striker Fred, who only scored 1 goal in 6 games, was booed during the tournament, left back Marcelo was criticised for his naïve attacking while Dani Alves and Paulinho were dropped from the starting eleven after the group stage and were replaced by Maicon and Fernandinho respectively.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has also failed to make the squad along with Jo, Hernanes and 21-year-old attacker Bernard.

Among the players who survived the World Cup cull include David Luiz, Fernandinho, Luis Gastavo, Oscar, Hulk and Neymar, while captain Thiago Silva was not selected due to injury.

Joining Coutinho for their international recalls include 20 year old PSG defender Marquinhos, Altetico Madrid defender Miranda and Ricardo Goulart, who has scored 8 goals in 10 appearances for Brazilian Serie A side Cruzeiro this season.

Brazil face Colombia and Ecuador in friendlies that will be played in the USA on the 5th and 9th September.

Brazil Squad: Jefferson, Rafael Cabral; David Luiz, Marquinhos, Gil, Miranda, Maicon, Filipe Luís, Alex Sandro, Danilo; Luiz Gustavo, Elias, Fernandinho, Ramires, Everton Ribeiro, Oscar, Hulk, Willian, Coutinho; Ricardo Goulart, Neymar, Diego Tardelli.

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