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Chelsea duo included in Brazil's 40-man pre-list for the Copa América

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The Brazilian Football Association released their preliminary squad list for the 2016 Copa América Centenario (Jun 3-26 in the USA), which will take place in the United States in June.  Chelsea attacking midfielders Oscar and Willian have been selected by manager Dunga as candidates to be part of the final squad of 23 players.

While the presence of Oscar and Willian on the 40-man list isn't too surprising, Dunga made several noteworthy changes, the biggest of which was not including former Chelsea defender David Luiz. The defender hasn't had the best of times with the Seleção since the 2014 World Cup and many pundits in Brazil have complained about Dunga's persistence in using him in the team's back line. Meanwhile, former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luís is part of the squad as usual.  Other Premier League players include Gabriel from Arsenal, Fernandinho from Manchester City, and sometimes overlooked Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

Dunga also selected some names who will likely be part of Brazil's U23 team, too, that will play in the Rio Olympics in August. Unfortunately, Chelsea youngster Kenedy isn't one of them, though he is expected to be part of the Olympic squad after participating in several friendlies for the U23s last year.

The full Brazilian national team 40-man pre-list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Ederson (Benfica), Marcelo Grohe (Grêmio);

Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fabinho (Monaco), Fágner (Corinthians), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Douglas Santos (Atlético Mineiro), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Gabriel (Arsenal), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (Monaco), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan);

Midfielders: Rodrigo Caio (São Paulo), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Walace (Grêmio), Rafinha (Barcelona), Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Kaká (Orlando City), Lucas Lima (Santos), Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain), Oscar (Chelsea), Paulo Henrique Ganso (São Paulo), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Willian (Chelsea), Alex Teixeira (Jiangsu Suning), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich);

Strikers: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Hulk (Zenit), Jonas (Benfica), Luan (Grêmio), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos).

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