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Brazil coach Carlos Dunga explained the reasons behind his decision to snub Juventus striker Amauri for the upcoming friendly against Italy.

As today's call-ups to the Brazilian national team for the upcoming super-friendly against Italy were announced, Azzurri fans could breathe a sigh of relief asJuventus star striker Amauri, who is close to getting his Italian passport, was left out once again, meaning there is still a chance he will play for Italy.

Seleçao coach Carlos Dunga explained the reasons behind his decision to leave the prolific 28-year-old striker behind.

"Amauri is a player many people are watching closely and playing against Italy would put too much pressure on him right now," he said during today's press conference.

"We have to wait for the right moment. We have Luis Fabiano, who is Sevilla's best player, Adriano, Pato, who was in the Olympic national team and is going through a good moment with Milan, and Robinho, who has been doing well for some time."

The coach also talked about Fiorentina midfielder Felipe Melo's first call up: "I had been following him for a long time, since when he was in Spain. Now in Italy he is continuing to do well, and now I have given him the opportunity of joining the group of the national team."

Amauri has scored an impressive 11 goals so far for the Old Lady, since joining from Palermo last summer. Recently the striker admitted it would be a dream come true for him to play for Brazil.

Danilo Pochini

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