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Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas back in Brazil squad for friendlies


SAO PAULO — Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas are back in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria next month.

It's their first callups by Dunga since he became coach after the World Cup. Lucas hasn't played for Brazil for a year, while Thiago Silva was in the World Cup squad.

Brazil will play Turkey on Nov. 12 in Istanbul, and Austria in Vienna on Nov. 18.

The 23-player list announced on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro included Barcelona's Neymar and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, as expected, as well as surprises such as Porto midfielder Casemiro and Hoffenheim striker Firmino.

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano, who scored five goals in a Champions League match on Tuesday, also was in.

The coach didn't pick players from Brazilian clubs as the local season is reaching its decisive rounds, leaving out players such as Kaka and Robinho, who were summoned for friendlies this month. Striker Diego Tardelli, who scored both goals in the win against Argentina in Beijing, also had to be left out.

Brazil has played four matches under Dunga, beating Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Japan.


Goalkeepers: Rafael (Napoli), Neto (Fiorentina), Diego Alves (Valencia).

Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Alex Sandro (Porto), Danilo (Porto), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Romulo (Spartak Moscow), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Casemiro (Porto), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Luiz Adriano (Shaktar Donetsk), Douglas Costa (Shaktar Donetsk), Firmino (Hoffenheim).

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