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Brazil recall Fred but leave Kaká and Ronaldinho on the sidelines

• Former Lyon striker recalled for Copa América warm-ups
• Coach thinks Kaká is not ready for the tournament



The Fluminense striker Fred, who last played for Brazil at the 2007 Copa América, has been recalled by Mano Menezes on Thursday for friendlies at home to Holland and Romania in June.

There was no place in the 28-man squad, however, for the 2010 World Cup squad's playmaker Kaká or Ronaldinho.

"During the period of the Copa América Kaká will still need to do some activities related to his recovery so we concluded in a recent chat with him that it was still not the time for a call-up," the coach, Menezes, said.

Kaká has made a disappointing comeback from knee surgery for Real Madrid this year and not managed to reclaim a first-team place.

The former Lyon striker Fred has been in consistently good form since last season when he led Fluminense to the Brazilian championship title.

The midfielder Thiago Neves, who helped Flamengo win the Carioca state championship on 1 May, was also recalled to the squad for the matches against Holland in Goiania on 4 June and Romania in São Paulo three days later.

Brazil last met the Dutch in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final when they were defeated 2-1, while the São Paulo friendly will double as former World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo's farewell match.

Menezes, preparing Brazil for the Copa América in Argentina, is expected to pick the bulk of his squad for the July tournament from this group.

However, he still hopes Santos's Paulo Henrique Ganso will be fully fit after suffering a thigh injury earlier this month.

Brazil squad to face Holland and Romania

Goalkeepers Victor (Grêmio), Jefferson (Botafogo), Júlio César (Internazionale), Fábio (Cruzeiro)

Defenders Lúcio, Maicon (both Inter), Thiago Silva (Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Luisão (Benfica), André Santos (Fenerbahce), Daniel Alves, Adriano (both Barcelona)

Midfielders Lucas (São Paulo), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Elano (Santos), Elias (Atlético Madrid), Henrique (Cruzeiro), Jadson (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur), Thiago Neves (Flamengo), Anderson (Manchester United)

Forwards Alexandre Pato, Robinho (both Milan), Neymar (Santos), Nilmar (Villarreal), Fred (Fluminense), Leandro Damião (Internacional)

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