Ronaldinho has been recalled to the Brazilian national team for the friendly match against Ghana in London on September 5. It is his second call up under coach Mano Menezes and the first since Brazilâ€™s 1-0 loss against Argentina nine months ago in Qatar.
There have been growing calls for his inclusion in the squad following Brazilâ€™s poor performances against Germany and in the Copa America as well as Ronalidnhoâ€™s improved form and fitness for Flamengo. He has been instrumental in their rise to the top (well, they are currently second) of the Serie A table with nine goals and was quite sensational in their 5-4 victory over Santos last month. He missed Flamengoâ€™s 4-1 home loss to AtlÃ©tico GO last night through suspension.
Real Madrid left back Marcelo gets a recall after being punished for accidentally sending an email to Mano Menezes expressing his delight at not having to report for international friendly duty due to an injury (he thought he was sending the email to Madridâ€™s medical staff). New boys (called up for the first time in Manoâ€™s last squad) Ralf, Luis Gustavo, Fernandinho and DedÃ© get another chance and Leandro DamiÃ£oâ€™s goalscoring exploits have not gone unnoticed. Ramires, Elano, Renato Augusto, Maicon, Fred and the hapless AndrÃ© Santos have been left out. Santos and Brazil u20 right-back-cum-midfielder Danilo gets his first call to the senior side. Cruzeiro keeper FÃ¡bio has also been called up while Hulk (Porto) and Adriano (Barcelona) have also been given chances again.
The full list is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Julio CÃ©sar (Inter Milan), FÃ¡bio (Cruzeiro), Jefferson (Botafogo)
Full backs: Danilo (Santos), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Adriano (Barcelona)
Centre backs: LÃºcio (Inter Milan), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), DedÃ© (Vasco), David Luiz (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Elias (AtlÃ©tico Madrid), Ralf (Corinthians), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Ronaldinho (Flamengo), Lucas Moura (SÃ£o Paulo), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Hulk (Porto), Neymar (Santos), Robinho (AC Milan), Leandro DamiÃ£o (Internacional)