Milan’s Ronaldinho back on Brazil roster

Ronaldinho is back on Brazil’s national team for the first time

in 11/2 years, and young forward sensation Neymar is returning

after an absence for disciplinary reasons.

Coach Mano Menezes said Friday he included Ronaldinho for the

Nov. 17 exhibition against Argentina at Doha, Qatar, because he

“can add value in a sector where we must still evolve.”

Ronaldinho, a midfielder and forward for AC Milan, was left off

the World Cup roster and hasn’t played for Brazil since a World Cup

qualifier against Peru in April 2009. He was voted FIFA player of

the year in 2004 and 2005.

Neymar scored against the United States in August in his

international debut, then was dropped for exhibitions against Iran

and the Ukraine this month after Santos suspended the 18-year-old

for offending his teammates and coach.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Atletico Paranaense),

Victor (Gremio)

Defenders: Adriano Correa (Barcelona, Spain), Alex (Chelsea,

England), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Daniel Alves

(Barcelona, Spain), David Luiz (Benfica, Portugal), Rafael da Silva

(Manchester United, England), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Thiago

Silva (AC Milan, Italy)

Midfielders: Douglas (Gremio), Elias (Corinthians), Jucilei

(Corinthians), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool, England), Philippe Coutinho

(Inter Milan, Italy), Ramires (Chelsea, England), Ronaldinho (AC

Milan, Italy), Sandro (Tottenham, England)

Forwards: Andre (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Neymar (Santos),

Alexandre Pato (AC Milan, Italy), Robinho (AC Milan, Italy)