Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has sensationally been left out of Dunga’s Brazil squad to face Costa Rica and USA at the start of next month, the Daily Express report.
Despite only making 11 appearances for his country since his debut in 2010, the playmaker had seemingly become an important part of the side, having featured regularly during the recent Copa America.
And although it is too early in the season to make any assessments about a player’s form, the 23-year-old gave a huge indication that he was ready to carry on where he left off last season by scoring a stunning winner in the dying minutes of The Reds’ opening game of the campaign against Stoke.
What makes the omission all the more perplexing is the inclusion of the country’s former talisman Kaka. The 33-year-old has only made 14 international appearances since 2010, and now plays in a considerably weaker division than Coutinho.
Perhaps, Dunga believes that the fact that MLS’s season has been going on for a lot longer than the Premier League means that the Orlando City man is likely to be in better condition. However, Coutinho’s new teammate Roberto Firmino has been included.
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