Kaka named to Brazil squad for WC qualifying

Orlando City midfielder Kaka celebrating a goal against the Montreal Impact in 2015. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Kaka and Philippe Coutinho were both chosen for Brazil’s World Cup qualifying matches against Uruguay and Paraguay.

The squad chosen Thursday by Brazil coach Dunga is the last before the Copa America Centenario in June.

Defender Gil and midfielder Renato Augusto, who recently signed for Chinese clubs, were also in the squad.

The match against Uruguay on March 26 will be played in Recife, the city at the epicenter of the Zika virus epidemic. Almost 45,000 tickets have already been sold.

Brazil then plays at Paraguay on March 29 in Asuncion.

Dunga also recalled Internacional goalkeeper Alisson while dropping Cassio and Jefferson in favour of Diego Alves and Marcelo Grohe .

After four games in qualifying, Brazil is in third place in the 10-team South American group with seven points.



Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio)

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Danilo (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Kaka (Orlando City), Willian (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea)

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos)