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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 20:02 GMT
Brazil include Leiva and Anderson
Anderson
Anderson has impressed for Manchester United this season
Liverpool's Lucas Leiva and Manchester United's Anderson have been named in Brazil's squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland next month.

Brazil coach Dunga includes 11 players under the age of 23 for the game in Dublin on 6 February with one eye on the Olympic Games in Beijing.

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato and Sao Paulo midfielder Richarlyson have been handed their first call-ups.

However Ronaldinho is left out as he continues to recover after injury.

606: DEBATE

"I named players of Olympic age before," said Dunga.

"It's important for them to gain experience in the national team environment.

"The upcoming games will be useful to keep watching the men who can play in Beijing."

The game against the Republic will be Brazil's first match this year.


Brazil squad: Julio Cesar (Internazionale), Renan (Internacional); Maicon (Internazionale), Rafinha (Schalke), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Lucio, Breno (both Bayern Munich), Luisao (Benfica), Alex (Chelsea); Kaka (AC Milan), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Hernanes (Sao Paulo), Josue (Wolfsburg), Lucas (Liverpool), Richarlyson (Sao Paulo), Anderson (Man Utd), Thiago Neves (Fluminense), Julio Baptista (Real Madrid); Robinho, Luis Fabiano (both Real Madrid), Rafael Sobis (Betis), Alexandre Pato (AC Milan).



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