Sat, Mar 05, 2011 - Page 19 News List

Lucio, Maicon and Elano earn recalls for Brazil friendly

Reuters, RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazil’s World Cup captain Lucio and his Inter teammate Maicon were recalled for the first time since last year’s finals on Thursday to meet Scotland in a friendly in London on March 27.

Santos midfielder Elano was also included in a Brazil squad for the first time since the tournament in South Africa where Brazil lost 3-2 to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. The friendly will be played at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.

Coach Mano Menezes, who has eight World Cup veterans in the 24-man squad, said the return of the trio had always been in his plans depending on their form.

He said Elano, who was nursing an ankle injury during the loss to the Dutch, had been used in central midfield by Santos since his return from Europe “but he’s already playing again on the [right] side of the field where I think he can do best.”

AC Milan’s Robinho, who has captained Brazil in their most recent matches, was being rested, Menezes told a news conference.

“He needs a rest. He’s been playing in the Italian [Serie A] and Champions League. At a certain point it’s necessary to have a break but I’m counting on him for the Copa America,” he said.

Brazil, preparing for the Copa America in Argentina in July, will be looking to recover from successive 1-0 defeats by Argentina in November and France in Paris last month.

Menezes said he had not settled on a regular captain, neither confirming nor discarding Lucio, who captained former coach Dunga’s team, adding his choice “has to be a player who inspires confidence and a capacity to lead.”

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