Fluminense stars Fred and Diego Cavalieri got a just reward for their fine performances in helping Flu win the Brazilian league today by being called up to the Brazil team to face Argentina at La Bombonera on Nov. 21.
The match was hastily rescheduled after last month’s encounter was postponed because of a floodlight failure.
Only home-based players are chosen for the game and the Fluminense pair are not the only surprises in Mano Menezes’ squad.
Botafogo midfielder Fellype Gabriel wins a first call up, as does Durval, Santos’ 32-year old centre half.
The squad contains five players from Fluminense, four from Atletico Mineiro and three each from Corinthians and Santos.
The full list
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo) and Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense).
Full backs: Marcos Rocha (Atlético-MG), Lucas Marques (Botafogo), Carlinhos (Fluminense) and Fábio Santos (Corinthians).
Central defenders: Réver (Atlético-MG), Durval (Santos) and Leonardo Silva (Atlético-MG).
Defensive midfielders: Arouca (Santos), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jean (Fluminense) and Ralf (Corinthians).
Attacking midfielders: Thiago Neves (Fluminense), Bernard (Atlético-MG) and Fellype Gabriel (Botafogo).
Forwards: Neymar (Santos), Leandro Damião (Internacional) and Fred (Fluminense)