Football: Neymar in Brazil squad to play Japan at the Singapore Sports Hub

Brazilian football superstar Neymar is set to play at the Singapore Sports Hub after he was included in coach Dunga's squad to face Japan in a friendly on Oct 14. -- PHOTO: AFP
Brazilian football superstar Neymar is set to play at the Singapore Sports Hub after he was included in coach Dunga's squad to face Japan in a friendly on Oct 14. -- PHOTO: AFP

Brazilian football superstar Neymar is set to play at the Singapore Sports Hub after he was included in coach Dunga's squad to face Japan in a friendly on Oct 14.

Former Real Madrid forward Robinho, who was left out of the Selecao's World Cup squad in June, is also in the squad. Other stars in the 22-man selection include Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea trio Oscar, Ramires and Willian.

Captain Thiago Silva is not called up as the centre-back continues to recover from a hamstring injury but the appearance of Barcelona striker Neymar will certainly compensate for the skipper's absence.

Five-time world champions Brazil will face Argentina at the Beijing National Stadium on Oct 11 before taking on the Blue Samurai in the Republic three days later.

Currently with Brazilian club Santos, Robinho was first recalled by Dunga for the latter's first two games in charge of the national side - against Colombia and Ecuador - last month after taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari in July.

The full Brazil squad is as follow:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)

Defenders: Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Danilo (Porto), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Dodo (Inter Milan), David Luiz, Marquinhos (both Paris St Germain), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Gil (Corinthians)

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Man City), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Ramires, Oscar, Willian (all Chelsea), Ricardo Goulart and Everton Ribeiro (both Cruzeiro)

Forwards: Diego Tardelli (Atletico-Mineiro), Neymar (Barcelona), Robinho (Santos)

Tickets can be purchased online at www.sportshubtix.sg, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium box office, at all SingPost outlets or over the phone by calling 6333 5000 or 3158 7888.