Real Madrid attacker Ricardo Kaka has been included in Mano Manezes’ Brazil squad for their friendly with Colombia in two weeks.
Kaka was involved for the first time in over two years at international level earlier this month, starting and scoring in both friendlies against Iraq and Japan.
Subsequently and despite barely featuring for Los Blancos since, with just 45 minutes registered against Celta Vigo, the forward has been selected for this prominent fixture with Colombia.
The friendly, scheduled for November 14, is set to mark Brazil’s 1000th game, although it remains unclear if this includes unofficial friendlies played against club sides too.
Menezes explained that Kaka’s understanding in midfield with Chelsea man Oscar swayed his selection.
“The combination of Oscar and Kaka gave us more tactical variations,” the Coach told reporters today.
“We were very complete. You can’t just think about the attacking side and the team was good in winning back the ball and this requires the participation of everyone, including Oscar and Kaka.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Adriano and Valencia’s Diego Alves are also included in the party.
Brazil squad to face Colombia: Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Alves (Valencia), Adriano (Barcelona), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fabio Santos (Corinthians), David Luiz (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain), Leandro Castan (AS Roma), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Arouca (Santos), Paulinho (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea), Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur), Giuliano (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Thiago Neves (Fluminense), Oscar (Chelsea), Kaka (Real Madrid), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Neymar (Santos)
Reports indicate that Kaka is expected to start for Real Madrid this midweek in their first leg Copa del Rey clash with Alcoyano.