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COMMENT: The return of Kaka has provided a clear indication the coach believes he must add more mature campaigners to his group ahead of World Cup qualification

Thursday's announcement of the latest Brazil squad saw coach Dunga send out a clear message that he is intent on adding experience to the group as the five-time world champions seek to bounce back from the disappointment of a Copa America quarter-final defeat to Paraguay.

Arriving one year after the World Cup, and with 10 consecutive Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour victories under his belt, the tournament in Chile proved a major setback for the man charged with leading Brazil to the Russia in 2018.

The returns of Hulk, Ramires, and especially Kaka, revealed that Dunga is desperate to form more a mature group as he looks to get back to winning ways against Costa Rica and USA in September.

 


Veteran forward Robinho starred at the Copa America, but the Selecao often looked anxious at major moments in Chile. The former Santos star was a surprise exclusion, with his omission thought to be a result of his recent switch to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

Dunga had said that he saw little problem with some of his stars currently plying their trade in less visible leagues, but a decision to drop Diego Tardelli, also in China, and Dubai-based Al-Ahli midfielder Everton Ribeiro suggests a change of thought.

While all three were members of the Copa America squad, Dunga has retained the base of his group and is also able to welcome back Danilo, Luiz Gustavo and Oscar from injury.

 
There are some new faces, however, who will be desperate to make an impression on what could be their international debuts. Goalkeeper Alisson of Internacional will join the group, making it the first time that a Brazil squad boasts goalkeepers from rival clubs Inter and Gremio, with the latter's Marcelo Grohe retaining his place as reserve to first-choice Jefferson.

Defenders David Luiz and Miranda have also remained and look set to reform their partnership at the heart of the back four after Thiago Silva was dropped from the squad. The PSG defender replaced his club-mate David Luiz in the first team at the Copa America.

But it was Thiago Silva's handball that led to Paraguay's equaliser from the penalty spot in the aforementioned quarter-final and he is now facing an uphill task to save his international future.



Filipe Luis looks set to retain his place at left-back, but Danilo will battle with Barcelona's Daniel Alves for the role on the opposite flank. Newcomer Douglas Santos of Atletico Mineiro replaces Geferson as reserve left-back.

The most important changes arrive further forward, with Kaka making a surprise return in place of Philippe Coutinho. Alongside Luiz Gustavo, Oscar and Ramires, Dunga believes Kaka can provide the experience his team lacked in Chile.

At World Cup 2014, the Brazilian public saw a volatile team who looked nervous throughout and perhaps lacked some tactical intelligence. Dunga now hopes Kaka can help remove the remnants of those issues we saw at Copa America.

 
In attack, PSG's Lucas Moura is back in from the cold to make the squad for the first time since 2013 after being forced to withdraw through injury when called up for the November friendlies with Turkey and Austria last year.

Zenit's Hulk is back and hoping to win his first cap since the World Cup and Dunga hopes his experience will benefit the likes of Roberto Firmino and young Santos playmaker Lucas Lima, who has received his first Selecao call-up.

With captain Neymar on standby for September's friendlies, Kaka could emerge with the armband to provide the more experienced leadership that Dunga clearly feels is necessary ahead of Brazil's World Cup qualification campaign.