As part of their preparations for the Olympic Games in London the seleҫão take on the USA in Washington DC tonight.
Mano Menezes has announced his team and made two changes from the team that beat Denmark 3-1 on Saturday. Neymar starts in place of Lucas Moura and Santos keeper Rafael Cabral makes his debut for the seleҫão and takes the place of Jefferson.
Explaining the inclusion of Neymar for Lucas, Mano Menezes said: “The tactical positioning is the same as against Denmark. The difference is that Neymar is living a special moment compared to Lucas although people expect big things from Lucas, myself included. But we have to recognise that Neymar is on a different level.”
Thanks for clearing that up Mano, as if anybody has any doubts.
Anyway, I didn’t see Saturday’s game. Did anybody? Would be good to have your thoughts if you did. Hulk scored two goals and it’s good to see him finally get a decent chance and take it for the seleҫão. I’m assuming he’ll start on the right of the attack against the USA with Neymar on the left and Leandro Damião in the middle.
Full team: Rafael Cabral, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo; Sandro, Rômulo, Oscar; Neymar, Hulk, Leandro Damião
Reserves: Neto, Rafael, Bruno Uvini, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Lucas, Giuliano, Alexandre Pato, Wellington Nem