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Brazil Calls Up David Luiz, Leaves Out Neymar In Friendly Against Argentina

Chelsea defender has returned to ’s national squad for friendlies against and Australia next month.

The 30-year-old has not represented the Selecao for more than a year but earned a recall after impressing coach Tite with his performances in Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning campaign.

striker Gabriel Jesus was also included in Brazil’s 24-man squad, having missed the team’s World Cup qualifiers in March with a foot injury.

star and Juventus right-back Daniel Alves were surprisingly left out, having been given a break after hectic seasons with their respective clubs.

“The emotional side of the game drains us … the adrenaline is at a million miles per hour every single day, the players need mental rest,” Tite told a press conference.

“There is team-building and there is consolidation, but this is about construction at the moment.”

Brazil will confront Argentina on June 9 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before facing Australia at the same venue four days later.

As expected, China-based players Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Gil were among those named by Tite. New faces included uncapped Monaco center-back Jemerson and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

Brazil squad:

Goalkeepers:

Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica).

Defenders:

David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (), Rafinha (Bayern).

Midfielders:

Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Coutinho (), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriginho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea).

Fowrads:

Diego Souza (Sport), (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar)

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