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Coutinho makes Brazil squad for Uruguay, Paraguay qualifiers

Brazil national team coach Carlos Dunga has announced a 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers vs Uruguay and Paraguay.

The Selecao had mixed success at the start of the qualifying campaign, taking seven points from first four matches, albeit recovering well from the opening defeat to Chile.

Brazil will be looking to continue the good run when they take on Uruguay on 25 March at Arena Pernamuco in Recife, before they face Paraguay in Assuncion on 29 March.

Carlos Dunga has recalled Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho after he recovered from injury, while veteran striker Ricardo Oliveira keeps his place.

Renato Augusto and Gil are on the list despite moving to China, but PSG stars Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura continue to miss out.

Barcelona superstar Neymar, who could represent Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics, is included, with Hulk, Kaka and Douglas Costa also the men to watch.

Update (07.03.): Roberto Firmino has been called to replace Kaka, who had to withdraw after suffering a thigh strain in training.

Brazil squad:

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

Defenders: David Luiz (PSG), Miranda (Internazionale), Marquinhos (PSG), Gil (Shandong), Danilo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus);

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City),Renato Augusto (Beijing), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)*, Douglas Costa (Bayern);

Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos).

*Added to the squad to replace Kaka.

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