Coutinho Recalled by Dunga, No Firmino

Philippe Coutinho has been called up by Brazil for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers – but there is no place for Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino .

The Reds midfielder is part of a 23-man squad announced by Dunga on Wednesday afternoon, but there is no place for Firmino despite his impressive run of form.

Firmino has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League games, and has four in 11 caps for Brazil. Dunga, though, has preferred the likes of Santos duo Ricardo Oliveira and Lucas Lima, with the veteran Kaka also selected.

Coutinho will get the chance to add to his 12 caps. Brazil host Uruguay on March 26, before travelling to Paraguay on March 30. The Selecao sit fourth in the qualifying standings after four rounds of matches.

No Texeira 

Alex Teixeira, the forward targeted by Liverpool in January, has been overlooked following his move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. The 26-year-old is yet to win a senior cap.

Full squad: Alisson, Marcelo Grohe, Diego Alves; David Luiz. Miranda, Marquinhos, Gil, Danilo, Dani Alves, Filipe Luis, Alex Sandro, L. Gustavo, Fernandinho, R. Augusto, Coutinho, Oscar, L. Lima, Willian, Kaka, D. Costa; Neymar, Hulk, R.Oliveira

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