Two new faces for Dunga
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dunga has named Fernando and Carlinhos in the Brazil squad to face Switzerland.
Dunga has introduced two new faces to the Brazil squad for the friendly against Switzerland in the shape of Bordeaux midfielder Fernando and Santos defender Carlinhos.
The former World Cup winning captain has freshened up the Samba setup since taking over from Carlos Alberto Parreira and now Bordeaux star Fernando has benefited from his wider focus.
Fernando, formerly of Juventude, has been rewarded for his fine form with the Ligue 1 outfit and joins Santos full back Carlinhos in making his debut in the international setup.
Werder Bremen playmaker Diego has also been included for the first time since February 2005 following his sterling form in Die Bundesliga, although high-profile strikers Ronaldo and Adriano continue to miss out as Dunga aims to build on his five-game unbeaten record against the Swiss on November 15.
Despite the snub for Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, Dunga has stated the door is still open for 'The Phenomenon' to resume his international career.
"The door is open for any player, as long as he wants to play for the national team," said Dunga.
"We will continue to observe all the candidates."
Chievo striker Amauri has not been included despite being tipped for a call-up, meaning Italy now have the chance to ensure the forward pledges his international future to the Azzurri.
Meanwhile Brazil have also confirmed that their first friendly of 2007 will come against Egypt, with the venue and date yet to be confirmed.
Full Brazil squad:
Julio Cesar (Internazionale), Helton (Porto), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Luisao (Benfica), Alex (PSV Eindhoven), Daniel Alves (Sevilla), Maicon (Internazionale), Adriano Correia (Sevilla), Carlinhos (Santos), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Edmilson (Barcelona), Fernando (Bordeaux), Dudu Cearense (CSKA Moscow), Elano (Shakhtar Donetsk), Diego (Werder Bremen), Daniel Carvalho (CSKA Moscow), Kaka (Milan), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Robinho (Real Madrid), Rafael Sobis (Real Betis), Ricardo Oliveira (Milan).