REAL Madrid's star trio Ronaldo,
Robinho and Julio Baptista will contest for places up front after being
named in the Brazil squad by manager Carlos Parreira for a friendly
against Croatia, and a vital 2006 World cup qualifier against Chile.
The reigning world champion will prepare for its World Cup qualifier on
September 4 with a friendly against Croatia in Split on August 17.
While Ronaldo and new Real Madrid recruits Robinho and Julio Baptista
have been included in the squad there is no place for Barcelona star
Ronaldinho, who is suspended for the Chile match.
Sao Paulo defender Cicinho gets a call up as does Inter Milan's
goalkeeper, Julio Cesar and PSV Eindhoven's defender Alex Rodrigo.
Parreira has decided to test his new recruits and try a new formation
against Croatia in a bid to find a winning formula for their World Cup
qualifier against Chile two weeks later.
"If we play correctly then we can guarantee our place in the finals,"
Brazil stands second in the South America World Cup qualifying group
zone on 27 points, four points behind Argentina after 15 of 18 matches.
A win against Chile would see it qualify for next years finals in
Brazil squad: Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan);
Defenders: Cafu (AC Milan), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Cicinho (Sau
Paulo), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer
Leverkusen), Alex Rodrigo (PSV Eindhoven), Luisao (Benfica); Midfielders:
Kaka (AC Milan), Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich),
Emerson (Juventus), Renato (Sevilla), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal),
Ricardinho (Santos), Julio Baptista (Real Madrid); Forwards: Ronaldo (Real
Madrid), Adriano (Inter Milan), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ricardo Oliveira