Chelsea trio included in Brazil squad

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has selected five Premier League players in his squad to face Australia and Portugal, with Ramires recalled after his Confederations Cup absence.

Chelsea team-mates David Luiz and Oscar are also included, along with Tottenham new-boy Paulinho and QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

The Confederations Cup winners suffered a surprise defeat to Switzerland last time out but will be looking to make amends in the two matches on September 7 and September 10.

Ramires was not part of the successful tournament earlier this summer after a dispute with the national side after missing games against Italy and Russia.

The stand-off was eventually resolved after Chelsea apologised for a miscommunication in passing on a message to say he was injured and now the player is back in the squad.

Defender Maicon, who joined Roma from Manchester City this summer, is picked for the first time in over two years having not represen ted his country since the 2011 Copa America defeat to Paraguay.

Barcelona star Neymar and national team captain Thiago Silva are both amongst the 22 players selected for the two games, but Ronaldinho and Kaka are amongst a host of star-studded names not listed.

The Selecao face Australia in Brasilia before travelling to the United States to meet Portugal on neutral ground as their preparations for next summer’s World Cup continue.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (QPR), Jefferson (Botafogo)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Palmeiras)

Midfielders: Fernando (Shakhtar Donetsk), Hernanes (Lazio), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea)

Attackers: Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Lucas Moura (PSG), Hulk (Zenit), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Barcelona)

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