Brazil have announced the squad list for next month’s friendly meetings with Honduras and Chile. But the key topic in today’s meeting with the press was Diego Costa’s decision to shun the seleção in favour of playing for Spain.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari had intended to call the Atlético de Madrid striker but was dissuaded from doing so after the player sent a letter to the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF), stating his desire to play for Spain. Scolari fumed, “Diego Costa has turned his back on the dreams of millions of Brazilians”.
CBF media officer Rodrigo Paiva declared that the Brazil coach will not be speaking about the Costa case again.
Scolari has listed AC Milan’s Robinho, whose last international call-up was back in September 2011, as a direct replacement for Diego Costa. Also returning are Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos, Chelsea midfielder Willian and Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio César. Brazil meet Honduras at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami on 16 November then face Chile at the Rogers Centre in Toronto three days later.
The full Brazil squad reads:
Goalkeepers: Julio César (Queens Park Ranger) and Víctor (Atlético Mineiro).
Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid) and Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain).
Midfielders: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Hernanes (Lazio), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea) and Oscar (Chelsea).
Forwards: Robinho (AC Milan), Jô (Atlético Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk) and Neymar (Barcelona).