Football: Neymar not named in youthful Brazil squad for Copa America

Barcelona superstar Neymar is not in the squad for the Copa America Centenario in the United States in June.
Barcelona superstar Neymar is not in the squad for the Copa America Centenario in the United States in June.PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Brazil coach Dunga on Thursday named a youthful squad for the Copa America Centenario in the United States in June, with the country having one eye on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

As announced last month, Barcelona superstar Neymar is not in the squad of 23 after his club said they would only release him for the Olympics football tournament.

Others such as Paris Saint-Germain duo David Luiz and Thiago Silva and the Real Madrid left-back Marcelo had already been ruled out but Dunga also left the likes of Kaka, Oscar and PSG winger Lucas out of his final squad.

The list contains seven players eligible to feature in the under-23 squad that will be chosen for the Olympics, including PSG defender Marquinhos, Monaco defender Fabinho and Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara.

Daniel Alves, Hulk, Luiz Gustavo and Willian are survivors of the 2014 World Cup to feature in a squad which also contains Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa.

The special centenary edition of the Copa America, to be held from June 3-26, will be the first to be staged outside South America.

Brazil, beaten quarter-finalists in last year's tournament in Chile, have been drawn in Group B along with Ecuador, Haiti and Peru.

Dunga's side will kick off their campaign against Ecuador in Pasadena, California on June 4.