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The Real Madrid man is named in Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the first time since the coach's return to the Selecao hot seat as they take on two European sides in friendlies.

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his squad for friendlies against Italy and Russia, with Real Madrid's Kaka recalled for the pair of matches.

Playmaker Ronaldinho has been left out after disappointing in the defeat to England at Wembley Stadium and failing to impress domestically in South America.

Santos starlet Neymar; Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Moura and Bayern Munich defensive rock Dante are three other names that have made the cut ahead of March's clashes with Fabio Capello and Cesare Prandelli's men.

Scolari failed to select Kaka for his first squad as coach since his return to the Selecao hot seat, but the midfielder could get the chance to prove his worth in the two matches in Europe after impressing for Madrid in February.

The 2014 World Cup hosts travel to Geneva to play Italy on March 21 before taking on Russia at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge four days later. Here is the Brazil roster in full:

Name Club
Goalkeepers:  
Diego Cavalieri Fluminese
Julio Cesar Queens Park Rangers
Defenders:  
Dani Alves Barcelona
Dante Bayern Munich
David Luiz Chelsea
Dede Vasco
Filipe Luis Atletico Madrid
Marcelo Real Madrid
Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain
Midfielders:  
Fernando Gremio
Hernanes Lazio
Jean Fluminese
Kaka Real Madrid
Lucas Paris Saint-Germain
Luiz Gustavo Bayern Munich
Oscar Chelsea
Paulinho Corinthians
Ramires Chelsea
Forwards:  
Diego Costa Atletico Madrid
Fred Fluminese
Hulk Zenit St Petersburg
Neymar Santos



























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