27 Jan 2009

Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho recalled to national side

2:24 pm on 27 January 2009

Brazilian football star Ronaldinho has been recalled to the national side for next month's friendly against Italy in London.

However, there is still no place for Juventus striker Amauri who is embroiled in a controversy over whether he should play for his native Brazil or for Italy, where he has spent most of his career.

Amauri is applying for an Italian passport and has said he would like to play for the world champions if he continues to be overlooked by his home country.

Brazil face the Italians at Arsenal's Emirates stadium in what will be the first meeting between the two sides since a 3-3 draw in France in 1997.