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Menezes names Brazil squad for Barcelona and Lisbon June friendlies

The Real Madrid trio of Vini Jr, Militao and Rodrygo have all been called up for the two games the Seleçao will play in June.

(FILES) Brazil's forward Vinicius Junior runs with the ball during a friendly football match between Morocco and Brazil at the Ibn Batouta Stadium

Brazil’s interim coach Ramón Menezes has announced the list of Brazilian players who will be present in the friendlies against Guinea (June 17 in Barcelona) and Senegal (June 20 in Lisbon) with Real Madrid players Vinicius, Rodrygo and Militao all being selected.

Eder Militao of Real Madrid
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Eder Militao of Real MadridADAM VAUGHANEFE

Menezes has already coached Brazil in a friendly against Morocco last March and is currently overseeing the Seleçao at the U-20 World Cup in Argentina with his side advancing to the round of 16 after beating Nigeria 2-0 on the third matchday of the tournament. The Brazilian coach will return to Argentina in the next few hours to resume his role with the Under-20s.

During the press conference, the Brazilian coaching staff highlighted the latest episodes of racism that Vinicius has suffered in Spain with all staff members wearing a t-shirt bearing the words: “Com racismo nao tem jogo” (With racism there is no game).

Brazil squad for June friendly games:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City) and Weverton (Palmeiras).

Wing-backs: Danilo (Juventus), Wanderson (Monaco), Alex Telles (Sevilla) and Ayrton Lucas (Flamengo);

Centre backs: Ibañez (Roma), Éder Militão (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG) and Nino (Fluminense);

Midfielders: André (Fluminense), Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Joelinton (Newcastle), Lucas Paquetá (West Ham) and Raphael Veiga (Palmeiras);

Strikers: Malcom (Zenit), Pedro (Flamengo), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Rony (Palmeiras) and Vini Jr (Real Madrid).