Inter’s Philippe Coutinho Named In Brazil Squad For Training Camp In September

Selecao coach Mano Menezes selected a foreign-based squad for his training camp in September...
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has called up only foreign-based players for the national team's training camp in September.

With the Euro 2012 qualifiers slated to start next month, Menezes plans to use the international break to polish his team. However, he has not called up any of the Brazil-based players so as not to disrupt the Brazilian clubs.

Daniel Alves of Barcelona, Alex of Chelsea, Marcelo of Real Madrid, Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva of Milan and Robinho of Manchester City all have been named in the squad while Inter youngster Philippe Coutinho received the nod as well.

Speaking at the press conference, Menezes said, "We opted for a week of training due to the options we had at this moment. We understood that for this moment, it would be ideal to take advantage of the period to get to know the players. We are going to walk towards that direction.

"The most coherent option would be to utilise the players that play for European clubs. It would be tiring to take players from Brazil in the middle of the Brasileirao. I always said that we would have a moment in which we would call-up more players that were in the last World Cup. I think this will happen more in the next year. In this initial period, we will have more new players.

"We will keep doing the work and getting to know the players. You only truly know the players in the day-to-day work. For this moment, we understand that the best is to train. In the future, we will have friendlies against less known teams too. But for this moment, between a friendly against this type of opponent and training, we thought that we would benefit more from training.

"In every group that I've worked, I like to hear the players' voice. If you want them strong in the matches, they have to be comfortable. A player does not have a button to turn him off when you don't want to hear him. You can't just impose what you think to a group of players."

Menezes also gave his take on Coutinho, "Philippe fits that group of players that are very young and talented, with the condition to contribute to the idea of this more creative style of football. I think he already showed this talent at Vasco. He had his first appearances at Inter, showing a lot of personality."

The Brazil coach once again stated just why he thinks Neymar should not leave Santos for Chelsea this summer.

"I always think that if we could, the players should stay longer in our clubs. It's good because of all that happened with Santos, rescuing the Brazilian style that we were longing. I understand and respect the financial issue. But I'm very happy with the ending to the story."

Here's the full list:

Goalkeepers: Diego (Almeria), Gomes (Tottenham)

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Rafael (Manchester United), Thiago Silva (Milan), David Luiz (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Alex (Chelsea), Andre Santos (Fenerbahçe), Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Sandro (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Hernanes (Lazio), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk), Lucas (Liverpool), Philippe Coutinho (Inter), Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (Milan), Andre (Dynamo Kiev), Hulk (Porto), Robinho (Manchester City)

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