Marcos dropped for Brazil
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has omitted the Palmeiras keeper and has instead called-up uncapped Julio Cesar of Flamengo, who is one of three home-based players to make the journey to the Orient.
The goalkeeper has been at the centre of a possible switch to Premiership champions Arsenal in recent weeks but conceded four goals in a domestic game against Barbarense on Sunday.
Parreira cited that Marcos has yet to find his true form this season and the omission will do no favours for the shot-stopper's hopes of gaining a work permit for a possible switch to Arsenal.
Marcos admitted that he could not go through with his move to join Arsenal's Brazilian contingent because he could not meet the criteria demanding that he had played in at least 75 percent of Brazil's games in the last two years.
Parreira though denied that the international door was now shut on the troubled player: "I have no doubt he's good enough to keep his place.
"He's a great goalkeeper and will be picked again in the future."
Atletico Paranaense midfielder Kleberson, another World Cup winner and Cruzeiro defender Luisao are the other home-based players to make the squad of 22.
Brazil national squad: Dida (Milan), Julio Cesar (Flamengo), Cafu (Roma), Belletti (Villarreal), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Junior (Parma), Edmilson (Lyon), Roque Junior (Milan), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Luisao (Cruzeiro), Emerson (Roma), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Flavio Conceicao (Real Madrid), Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon), Kleberson (Atletico Paranaense), Adriano (Parma), Amoroso (Borussia Dortmund), Denilson (Real Betis), Rivaldo (Milan), Ronaldinho (Paris Saint Germain), Ronaldo (Real Madrid).