Ronaldinho Out Of Brazil Squad To Play Ireland

Carlos Dunga has picked his men for the friendly, and he has snubbed the Milan man...
Ronaldinho has been excluded from the Brazil squad to face Ireland in London on March 2 by coach Carlos Dunga because "he is not part of plans."

The latest exclusion, Ronaldinho has not played since April when he featured in a World Cup qualifier against Peru, has led to speculative reports that the Milan forward will not play at the World Cup.

The friendly against Ireland is Brazil's last game before the finals in South Africa, and he will have to prove his worth to Dunga if he wants to play there.

"All players have a chance. We will analyze and seek options for the group. As things stand he [Ronaldinho] is not part of the plan," Dunga told the press.

This is the sixth game between Ireland and Brazil with the Selecao boasting a better head-to-head record with three wins, a draw and a loss.

Here is the squad to face the Republic:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Doni (Roma).

Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Gilberto (Cruzeiro),
Michel Bastos (Lyon), Juan (Roma), Lucio (Inter Milan), Luisao (Benfica), Thiago Silva (AC Milan).

Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josue (Wolfsburg), Felipe Melo (Juventus), Lucas (Liverpool), Kaka (Real Madrid), Ramires (Benfica), Elano (Galatasaray), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kleberson (Flamengo).

Forwards: Robinho (Santos), Adriano (Flamengo), Nilmar (Villarreal), Luis Fabiano (Seville).

Brazil's World Cup kicks off on June 15 against North Korea.