Man City’s Fernandinho joins Chelsea quarter in Brazil squad

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has been called up to the Brazil squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has been called up to the Brazil squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The 28-year old, who has played just five times for A Selecao, has been included in the 16-man squad for the March 5 friendly with South Africa.

Fernandinho joins Chelsea foursome David Luiz, Ramires, Willian and Oscar, QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar and and Tottenham midfielder Paulinho as the English-based players in the squad.

Scolari has failed to name any players from the Brazilian league because he plans to integrate them towards the end of March.

"This friendly against South Africa is a different situation. It's no use me taking 23 players, 18 or 19 is the most I'll be taking," Scolari told a press conference.

"I'm always watching the players who are in action. If there are surprises, it will be a normal thing. I always call the players who are in a best position. I'll test some more players and then define the final list.

"The ones who are training, working, I'm watching. We could have a surprise up until the last call-up."

Brazil squad for South Africa friendly

Goalkeeper

Julio Cesar (QPR, ENG)

Defenders

Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA)
David Luiz (Chelsea, ENG)
Dante (Bayern Munich, GER)
Daniel Alves (Barcelona, SPN)
Rafinha (Bayern Munich, GER)
Marcelo (Real Madrid, SPN)

Midfielders

Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg, GER)
Fernandinho (Manchester City, ENG)
Paulinho (Tottenham, ENG)
Ramires (Chelsea, ENG)
Oscar (Chelsea, ENG)
Willian (Chelsea, ENG)

Forwards

Neymar (Barcelona, SPN)
Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR)
Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg, RUS)

 
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