Ricky Kaka hasn’t appeared in a competitive game this season for Real Madrid, but has today been called up to Brazil for the first time in a year.
The 30-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the Spanish capital this summer after a reported falling out with Jose Mourinho, but in not managing to agree a transfer out has since struggled to feature for the Portuguese this term.
However, a day after he netted a hat-trick in the Trofeo Bernabeu friendly against Millonarios, the attacker has been called up to Mano Menezes’ latest international squad.
It is the first call-up for the former Milan man since last October’s friendlies against Gabon and Egypt. Injury forced him to pull out from that squad, meaning that his last appearance for the team still stands as the quarter-final defeat to the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa.
Kaka has been included alongside Real teammate Marcelo and fellow La Liga players Adriano, Dani Alves and Diego Alves for the European-based friendlies against Iraq and Japan in mid-October.
Brazil squad to play Iraq and Japan: Adriano – Barcelona, Alexsandro – Porto, Daniel Alves – Barcelona, David Luiz – Chelsea, Dede – Vasco, Diego Alves – Valencia, Fernando – Gremio, Giuliano – F.C. Dnipro, Hulk – FC Zenit, Jefferson – Botafogo, Kaka – Real Madrid, Leandro Castan – Roma, Leandro Damiao – Internacional, Lucas – Sao Paulo, Marcelo – Real Madrid, Neymar – Santos, Oscar – Chelsea, Paulinho – Corinthians, Ramires – Chelsea, Sandro – Tottenham Hotspur, Thiago Neves – Fluminense, Thiago Silva – PSG, Victor – Atletico Mineiro