Brazil coach Dunga says he won't be pressured into capping Juventus striker Amauri.
“I am following his progress and he is doing well for Juventus, becoming a real focal point,” Dunga told Corriere dello Sport. “But that does not mean I will call him up soon. I have my own squad and will carry on with that unit. I am a consistent person.”
Italy boss Marcello Lippi cannot call Amauri until the Italian passport comes through, but the process is almost complete.
“The choice is up to the lad and we are not going to intervene by forcing him to play for Brazil. The Selecao has great champions and I cannot compromise myself by making promises I cannot keep.
“Let us just say the old system of agents spreading rumours to ‘force the hand’ of another party did not go down well with me,” snapped Dunga. “I make my choices. Whoever wants to wear the Brazil shirt must wait and see what happens.
“I will not deny Amauri is a great striker, but Adriano is back to a good level again and Luis Fabiano is doing brilliantly. I don’t want to wipe out the work I have done in the last few months. A team is built with consistency and respecting equilibrium.
“Now I have faith in Adriano and Luis Fabiano. If Amauri wants to play for Brazil, he must continue doing well and wait for his moment. Otherwise…”