Despite his fine form for Chelsea, David Luiz has been away from the Brazilian national team for over a year now and has never been invited for international duty under current boss, Tite.
Brazil will play Argentina on June 9 and Australia four days later, both in Melbourne, and Luiz has been given a call-up to feature in those games, as they prepare for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Tite decided to give rests to Neymar, Dani Alves and Marquinhos, and then handed out a call-up to Brazil outcast David Luiz.
“I heard that whatever was best for Brazil we should do, regardless of names,” Tite said at Brazil’s headquarters. “[Neymar] needs an interruption so he can be in top physical form in 2018.”
Chelsea’s Willian is also part of the team that was invited.
See the full squad below:
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Weverton (Atletico Paranaense), Ederson (Benfica)
Defenders: Alex Sandro (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich), David Luiz (Chelsea), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Jemerson (Monaco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Giuliano (Zenit St. Petersburg), Lucas Lima (Santos), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Rodriguinho (Corinthians), Willian (Chelsea)
Forwards: Diego Souza (Sport), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)