Monday, October 4, 2010

Neymar Left Out of Brazil Squad for International Break

Brazil's Neymar celebrates his goal against the United States during their international friendly soccer match at New Meadowlands stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Neymar, probably one of the best youngsters around
While I didn't have the time to write about the weekend's action, I've decided to write a little about the international break coming up. Below I've provided the squads of three teams which need to rebuild after a disappointing World Cup. Italy is slowly re-surging with Cesare Prandelli at the helm, England look powerful right now, and Brazil are building upon youth.


Italy currently have a mix in their squad, while Prandelli has decided to call up veteran Gianluca Zambrotta, he is also calling up plenty of young talent. While I'm a big believer in Giuseppe Rossi, he hasn't really proven himself for Prandelli. And with the wealth of strong forwards which Prandelli has to pick from, if Rossi doesn't show what he can do, he could be left out. If you're interested in more info about the Italian team along with Serie A coverage, be sure to check out Serie A Talk.

Here's the Italy squad below:

Goalkeepers: Mirante, Sirigu, Viviano

Defenders: Cassani, Zambrotta, Bonucci, Bovo, Chiellini, Gastaldello, Antonelli, Criscito

Midfielders: De Rossi, Lazzari, Marchisio, Mauri, Palombo, Pirlo, Pepe

Forwards: Cassano, Gilardino, Pazzini, Borriello, Rossi

Italy will be playing qualifiers for the European Championships of 2012, facing Northern Ireland away from home and then Serbia at home.


Brazil seem like the team to beat right now, although Spain managed to win the World Cup in South Africa, right now Brazil looks full of fantastic talent. They're full of young, talented, attacking players, but a name you won't see on Mano Menezes' teamsheet is the one of Neymar. The 18 year-old phenomenom rejected a multimillion dollar offer from Chelsea, and then practically got his coach fired at his club Santos after having a temper tantrum, now Menezes has decided to not include the player. This Brazil side are different from the physical side which Dunga created, there's plenty of young talent which has the ability to samba like back in the Pele days, we'll just have to see how they do.
Here's the Brazil squad below:

Goalkeepers: Victor, Jefferson, Neto
Defenders: Adriano, Andre Santos, Daniel Alves, Mariano, Alex, David Luiz, Rever, Thiago Silva
Midfielders: Carlos Eduardo, Elias, Giuliano, Lucas, Philippe Coutinho, Ramires, Sandro, Wesley
Strikers: Alexandre Pato, Andre, Nilmar, Robinho
Brazil will be playing two friendlies against Iran and Ukraine, so if you want some players to watch, be sure to keep your eyes on the attacking midfielders Giuliano, and Philippe Coutinho, and the defensive midfielder Sandro.
England are just playing one match this international break, and it doesn't look too difficult for the three lions. At home against Montenegro should give Fabio Capello a chance to test a few players who might not be ready yet. Jack Wilshere has been given his chance, and the Arsenal player will be looking to impress Capello. Along with Wilshere, Kevin Davies of Bolton has been called up. It's a bit of a surprise, especially considering that Davies is 33 years old now, not a choice for the future. But we'll see if Capello's decisions pay off, and if he'll be able to win another European qualifier.
Here's the England squad:

Goalkeepers: Foster, Green, Hart

Defenders: Cole, Jagielka, Johnson, Ferdinand, Lescott, Terry, Warnock

Midfielders: Barry, Cole, Gerrard, Huddlestone, Johnson, Lennon, Wilshere, Wright-Phillips, Young 

Forwards: Bent, Crouch, Davies, Rooney

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