Ramires returns to Brazil squad for forthcoming friendly with Sweden

The Chelsea midfielder has been rewarded for his fine club displays with a recall and could make his first appearance for the Selecao after an absence of over a year
Ramires has ben recalled to the Brazil squad by Mano Menezes as they continue their 2014 World Cup preparations with a friendly against Sweden.

The 25-year-old was instrumental in Chelsea's FA Cup and Champions League triumphs last season but has not featured for the Selecao since the 2011 Copa America.

But Menezes has opted to welcome the midfielder back and he will be joined by club team-mates David Luiz and Oscar.

In what is largely the same squad that is currently competing in the Olympic Games in London, Dede and David Luiz will bolster the defence, while Marcelo is rested. Highly-rated Corinthians midfielder Paulinho is also called up and could earn just his second cap.

Valencia striker Jonas could make his first appearance for the national team since appearing as a late substitute in the 2-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina back in February.

The friendly against Sweden will take place on August 15.

Brazil squad:

Name Club
Renan Ribeiro Atletico Mineiro
Neto Fiorentina
Gabriel AC Milan
Daniel Alves Barcelona
Rafael Manchester United
Danilo Porto
Alex Sandro Porto
Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain
Juan Internacional
Bruno Uvini Sao Paulo
David Luiz Chelsea
Dede Vasco da Gama
Romulo Spartak Moscow
Paulinho Corinthians
Ganso Santos
Oscar Chelsea
Ramires Chelsea
Sandro Tottenham
Lucas Moura Sao Paulo
Neymar Santos
Alexandre Pato AC Milan
Leandro Damiao Internacional
Jonas Valencia
Hulk Porto