Menezes culls Brazil squad

Only four of World Cup party included in first selection

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Menezes culls Brazil squad

Menezes: Big changes

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New Brazil coach Mano Menezes has named just four players from their World Cup campaign in his first squad.

Menezes, who replaced Dunga after the Selecao exited the South Africa tournament at the quarter-final stage, has gone for a youthful squad to face the United States next month.

There is no place for luminaries such as Kaka, Luis Fabiano and goalkeeper Julio Cesar and the only players to be retained from the summer showpiece are Daniel Alves, Ramires, Thiago Silva and Robinho.

Manchester United full-back Rafael is just one of the fresh faces in a young squad which contains 11 debutants.

Promise

Half of the 24-man squad ply their trade in Brazil - fulfilling Menezes' and the federation's promise when the former Corinthians boss was officially confirmed as Dunga's replacement on Saturday.

Either Hernanes or Sandro will have to pull out of the squad depending on the result of the Copa Libertadores semi-final between Sao Paulo and Internacional.

Menezes will link up with the squad for the first time on 10th August, two days before their friendly against the USA in New Jersey.

Dunga's contract was not renewed following Brazil's disappointing World Cup campaign, where their hopes of a sixth triumph ended at the quarter-final stage as they let slip a 1-0 lead to suffer a shock 2-1 loss to eventual runners-up Holland.

Brazil squad to face USA:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Renan (Avai), Victor (Gremio)

Defenders: Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael (Manchester United), David Luis (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Thiago Silva (AC Milan)

Midfielders: Carlos Eduardo (Hoffenheim), Ederson (Olympique Lyon), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Hernanes (Sao Paulo), Jucilei (Corinthians), Lucas (Liverpool), Ramires (Benfica), Sandro (Internacional)

Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Andre (Santos), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro), Neymar (Santos), Robinho (Manchester City/Santos).

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