Neymar, Oscar left out of Brazil's Copa America squad

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May 07, 2016
Players of Brazil's national soccer team, from right, Neymar, Hulk, Oscar and Fred attend a practice session at the Serra Dourada stadium in Goiania, Brazil, on Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Barcelona star Neymar and Chelsea midfielder Oscar have been left off Brazil's squad for the Copa AmErica in the United States next month.

Brazil coach Dunga accepted the Catalan club's request to use Neymar either at the Copa AmErica or at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, and the Olympics won.

Oscar was on the Brazilian Football Confederation's preliminary list for the Copa AmErica but did not make the final cut. Other omitted players included Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), and Kaka (Orlando City).

Dunga's squad includes seven players under the age of 23, all of whom will be eligible for the Rio Games.

"We are bringing a competitive team for an important tournament," Dunga said on Thursday.

Brazil is in Group B with Ecuador, Haiti, and Peru, and starts its campaign on June 4 against Ecuador in Pasadena, California.

The competition, which is celebrating its centenary, will take place for the first time outside of South America.

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