Ronaldinho, dropped by Brazil last year following a loss of form, has been recalled by coach Dunga for Brazil’s friendly against Italy. The AC Milan forward had been left out of Brazil’s last three games following a dismal display in their goalless draw at home to Bolivia in September.
Striker Adriano, banned for three domestic matches on Monday for punching an opponent during an Italian Serie A game on Sunday, was also called up.
The Brazil v Italy friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium on February 10, will be the first meeting between the two sides since a 3-3 draw in France in 1997.
Midfielders: Anderson (Manchester United), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg), Elano (Manchester City), Julio Baptista (AS Roma), Kaka (AC Milan), Ronaldinho (AC Milan)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Adriano (Inter Milan), Lus Fabiano (Sevilla), Robinho (Manchester City) (Writing by Brian Homewood in Buenos Aires; Editing by Ed Osmond)