22 May 2009

Ronaldinho left out of Brazil squad

4:19 pm on 22 May 2009

Out-of-form Ronaldinho has been left out of Brazil's football squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

Striker Ronaldo, who has not played for his country since the last World Cup, was also overlooked despite a promising start to his latest comeback with Corinthians.

Brazil face Uruguay in Montevideo on June 6th and host Paraguay in Recife four days later.

Ronaldinho has failed to settle at AC Milan since his move from Barcelona last year and has recently been mostly confined to the bench.

The playmaker was substituted by Brazil in their World Cup qualifier in Ecuador last March after one of his worst performances at international level and found himself among the substitutes for the following game at home to Peru.

Just 7 of the squad of 23 have both Christian and surnames.