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The 50-year-old has called on the younger members of the Selecao to look to the Barca star as a reference for how they should conduct themselves as internationals.

Brazil coach Dunga has called on the younger members of his squad to take inspiration from star forward Neymar.

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A number of new faces were included in Dunga’s first squad since returning for his second stint in charge of the national team on Tuesday. Only 10 of the 23 that made up Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup roster will make the journey to the United States to face Colombia and Ecuador in September.

And the 1994 World Cup winning captain has called on the younger members of his squad to look to the Barcelona man as a reference for how they should conduct themselves as part of a new-look Selecao.

"Neymar is a reference to Brazilian football and to the rest of the world," said Dunga as he announced his squad in Sao Paulo. "He has exceptional quality and we have to enjoy that and make him not only a reference for our team, but to all the young players coming through the ranks right now.

"They need to have that happiness of the Brazilian players, that youthfulness, but they also need to be inspired by the responsibility with which Neymar deals with everything."

Dunga went on to express his belief that the 22-year-old has already benefited from his 2013 transfer to Barcelona, insisting the move to Europe has seen the former Santos star improve both and off the field.

"He has improved a lot [in the last few years]," Dunga continued. "He has a taste for goals now.

"He's much more efficient, always aiming for the goal with every touch on the ball. He's stronger as well, both emotionally and physically. Technically he has improved a lot.

"He's more mature as well. We all saw the interview in which he said he needs to be better for the next world Cup, more prepared. I think that shows that he wants to do bigger things in football."

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