Fernandinho called up to Brazil squad

The Manchester City man has the chance to add to his five caps against South Africa, and joins Chelsea quartet David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Willian and Tottenham's Paulinho

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has announced his squad for his side's friendly against South Africa on March 5.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, who has made just five appearances for his country, is the surprise addition to the squad, while Bayern Munich defender Rafinha, whose single cap for Brazil came in 2008, is also included.

The summer signing for City joins six other England-based players, including Chelsea quartet David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Willian and Tottenham midfielder Paulinho.

Scolari has so far only selected players based outside of Brazil, with the final spots to be filled nearer the beginning of next month.

"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."

Provisional squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (QPR)

Defenders: Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Rafinha (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires, Oscar, Willian (all Chelsea)

Strikers: Neymar (Barcelona), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Hulk (Zenit)