Kaka brings added experience as Coutinho replacement – Dunga

The Liverpool star was a surprise omission from the Brazil squad that will meet Costa Rica and USA in September

Brazil coach Dunga says his side will benefit from added experience after including Kaka in his squad in place of Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho has been an ever-present in the Brazil squad since Dunga’s July 2014 appointment, but was a surprise omission from the squad to take on Costa Rica and USA in September.

And Dunga says Orlando City man Kaka can be a major influence on the younger members of the squad.

“We gave Coutinho a chance at the Copa America,” Dunga told a press conference on Thursday.

“You cannot just build a team with youngsters, you also need experience to help them.”

Countinho has failed to break into Dunga’s first team, having to play second fiddle to Willian, Oscar and captain Neymar.

Barcelona star Neymar was named on standby as the 24th member of the squad with suspension ruling him out of Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela in October.

His absence led to speculation that Coutinho could be given a rare starting role in the first team following his fine form for Liverpool.

But Dunga is instead hoping that Kaka will have major influence next month.

“Kaka will be a reference, just as Robinho was before,” added Dunga. 

“Kaka can give the team experience and maturity during difficult times and he will work hard both and off the field.”

Robinho, who was singled out as one of Brazil’s best performers at this year’s Copa America, also failed to make the squad following his recent move to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

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