Marcelo recalled to Brazil squad

Marcelo recalled to Brazil squad


Real Madrid defender Marcelo has been recalled to the squad for friendlies against France and Chile later this month.

The left-back hadn’t featured for national team boss Dunga since he took over for a second time following last summer’s disastrous showing at the World Cup for the hosts.

Marcelo, who has featured consistently for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season, was part of the Brazil team that lost 7-1 to Germany in the semi-finals and was one of the many victims to lose his place in the squad as Dunga swung the axe post tournament.

When he took over, Dunga was critical of the Real man, saying: “How many goals did he score or assist? None. How many times was our defence caught out with balls over the top? Three or four. You have to be efficient.”

But speaking to the press after announcing his latest squad, his last one before the Copa America takes place in the early summer, Dunga said he had been impressed by Marcelo’s form and fitness this season.

“Marcelo has become a consistent starter for Real Madrid, demonstrating regularly solid performances. He has experience with the national team and in the World Cup,” he stated.

In his first stint as boss, Dunga often criticised Marcelo, and didn’t pick him for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.