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Neymar dropped from Brazil squad to face Argentina

La Liga By: Olakunle Brown | 19/05/2017

Neymar needs answers

Barcelona superstar, Neymar has been dropped from the Brazil squad for friendlies next month against Argentina and Australia.

The news was revealed by head coach Tite in a press conference today and informed that he is giving the former Santos star a long summer rest for the first time since 2013.

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Also left out of the Brazil squad is Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, who is suffering from a muscle strain, alongside Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo and Dani Alves Juventus wing-back.

Shaktar striker Taison who has played just six minutes of international football, was a major benefactor of the absentee’s as he was invited for the two friendlies alongside  Monaco centre back Jemerson and Corinthians midfielder Rodriguinho who were called up for the first time.

David Luiz returns in defence and Gabriel Jesus was recalled after two months out injured at Manchester City.

Full list:

Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico-PR), Ederson (Benfica)Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (AS Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (PSG), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Diego Souza (Atletico-PR), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).