TEAM NEWS: Kaka makes starting return for Brazil in Iraq friendly

The 30-year-old has brought to an end a near two-year spell in the international wilderness while Hulk and Neymar join forces in attack
Kaka will make his first appearance for Brazil since the 2010 World Cup as the Selecao take on an experienced Iraq outfit in a friendly in Malmo.

After being forced to withdraw from the squad to face Gabon and Egypt through injury last year, the Real Madrid man makes his return to the national side with a place in the starting XI alongside Oscar in an offensive-looking midfield.

With Leandro Damiao sidelined with a knock, the attack will be spearheaded by Neymar and Hulk. Should Mano Menezes opt for a 4-2-3-1 however, the powerful forward may lead the line on his own with the Santos star moving out to the left.

Adriano will start at right-back in place of his Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves, who is unable to take part after picking up an injury in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. Thiago Silva and David Luiz will line-up in the centre of defence in front of Valencia's Diego Alves, who starts in goal as Marcelo retains his spot on the left side of defence.

Brazil (4-4-2): Diego Alves; Adriano, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho, Ramires, Oscar, Kaka; Hulk, Neymar.

Subs: Victor, Jefferson, Dede, Leandro Castan, Fernando, Sandro, Thiago Neves, Giuliano, Lucas Moura, Leandro Damiao.