The two new arrivals to Luiz Felipe Scolari's side are set to be given a full game to make an impression in what will be the Selecao's final test before the World Cup is announcedBrazil squad newcomers Fernandinho and Rafinha are both in line to start tomorrow’s Gillette Brasil Global Tour clash with South Africa at Soccer City in Johannesburg.
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is back in the squad for the first time since 2012, while Bayern Munich’ Rafinha has earned his first call up in five years.
Both were in coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s starting XI at training today and he has confirmed that they will have their chance to earn a place in his World Cup squad.
“It is my first opportunity to work with Fernandinho and Rafinha and they should play the whole game,” Scolari told a press conference at Soccer City on Tuesday.
After a light warm-up, Scolari ran attacking drills with what looks to be his starting line-up for the match on Wednesday.
Fernandinho should slot into a two-man midfield next to Paulinho, while Rafinha will come in at right back.
Scolari’s preferred XI of Julio Cesar, Rafinha, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Hulk, Oscar Neymar and Fred lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
This is Felipao’s last squad before he confirms the 23 that will accompany him to the World Cup. The final squad will be announced on May 7 and Scolari insisted that he is already decided on who will make up the majority of the group.