South American World Cup squad news

Brazil and Argentina have announced squads for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Brazil squad

Coach Dunga has named a strong 24-man squad ahead of the final two games in the South American World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela.

Despite already having secured qualification, Dunga said “We're Brazil and we have to win always.”

Among the players joining Real Madrid’s Kaka and Daniel Alves of Barcelona is Liverpool’s Lucas.

Argentina squad

Javier Zanetti is among the names left out by Diego Maradona after the recent defeat against Paraguay.

Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua joins team mate Javier Mascherano for the first time. Argentina play Peru on October 10 and Uruguay four days later.

Meanwhile, Maradona has decided to only use Argentina-based players in a friendly against Ghana next week.

The game is a good opportunity to assess the fitness of 35-year-old Ariel Ortega. If he impresses, the forgotten wonderkid of Argentinean football may get one last shot at World Cup glory.

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