Maicon, Lucio & Elano back in Brazil squad for Scotland friendly

But Robinho and Ronaldinho miss out for Mano Menezes
World Cup squad members Maicon, Lucio and Elano have been given their first chance to impress Brazil coach Mano Menezes, after they were included in the squad to face Scotland on the 27th March.

Menezes announced the 24 players who would travel to London for the friendly in a press conference held on Thursday afternoon, and the big news is that three of the players who were automatic choices under previous coach Dunga had made their way back into favour.

The former Corinthians tecnico had largely ignored the men who went out in the South Africa quarter-finals, with only Dani Alves and Robinho staying in previous lists which leaned towards new faces.

The biggest surprise is the absences of Flamengo playmaker Ronaldinho and Milan's Robinho, who have been first choice for the coach since taking over following the abortive World Cup campaign.

Menezes instead favours Sao Paulo prodigy Lucas, who makes his first appearance in the full squad following a sparkling South American Championship for the Under 20s. Cruzeiro midfielder Henrique could also make his debut for the team after being included. The list of new faces is completed by Valencia forward Jonas, who has enjoyed an encouraging start for Los Che after completing a January move from Gremio.

Full squad to play Scotland:


Julio César (Inter)
Jefferson (Botafogo)
Victor (Grêmio)

Daniel Alves (Barcelona)
Maicon (Inter)
André Santos (Fenerbahçe)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Thiago Silva (Milan)
David Luiz (Chelsea)
Luisão (Benfica)
Lúcio (Inter)

Lucas (Liverpool)
Ramires (Chelsea)
Sandro (Tottenham)
Henrique (Cruzeiro)
Elias (Atlético Madrid)
Elano (Santos)
Renato Augusto (Bayer Leverkusen)
Jadson (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Lucas (São Paulo)

Alexandre Pato (Milan)
Nilmar (Villarreal)
Neymar (Santos)
Jonas (Valencia)

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