Finalists Brazil go for wins in last qualifiers

Last Updated: Friday, September 25, 2009 - 12:00

Sau Paulo: Brazil coach Dunga included his key players on Thursday when he named a 24-man squad for their last two World Cup qualifiers next month even though they have already qualified.

Dunga had been expected to spare the likes of Kaka, captain Lucio and striker Luis Fabiano the visit to La Paz, 3,600 metres above sea level, to play eliminated Bolivia on Oct. 11 and the home match with Venezuela three days later in Campo Grande.

"The Brazilian national team, when they play they have to go in to win, they must have a commitment with results, with the work we have done up to now," Dunga said.

"The result in any situation always comes first, regardless of our qualification."

"When it`s a friendly we have to win and even more so when it`s worth three points."

Injured forward Robinho is the only key player missing from the team that secured Brazil`s place in next year`s finals in South Africa with three games to spare when they beat arch-rivals Argentina 3-1 away in Rosario on Sept. 5.

They then beat Chile 4-2 four days later with a reserve side to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches.

Brazil have struggled for results in La Paz in the qualifiers and supported a FIFA ban imposed in 2007 on matches at more than 2,750 metres. It was later withdrawn following pressure from the South American Confederation.

Striker Nilmar of Villarreal was retained after a hat-trick against Chile and there were recalls for central defender Naldo of Werder Bremen, who has not played for Brazil since 2007, and midfielder Alex of Spartak Moscow.

Dunga kept the door open for out-of-form Ronaldinho, saying the AC Milan player was still under consideration.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Victor (Gremio)

Defenders: Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Inter Milan), Lucio (Inter Milan), Luisao (Benfica), Juan (AS Roma), Naldo (Werder Bremen), Miranda (Sao Paulo), Filipe (Deportivo Coruna)

Midfielders: Elano (Galatasaray), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg), Ramires (Benfica), Kaka (Real Madrid), Lucas (Liverpool), Sandro (Internacional), Diego Souza (Palmeiras), Alex (Spartak Moscow)

Forwards: Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Nilmar (Villarreal), Adriano (Flamengo), Diego Tardelli (Atletico Mineiro)

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First Published: Friday, September 25, 2009 - 12:00

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