Kaka returns to Brazil national team

(CNN)He hasn’t played a game for Brazil in almost a year, but Orlando City star Kaka has been handed an international lifeline after he was included in the five-time World Cup winner’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and the United States.

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Brazil’s national team coach, Dunga called up the former Real Madrid and AC Milan player for the first time since October 2014, when he made two substitute appearances against Argentina and Japan.

Kaka inclusion in the squad means that he set to miss Orlando City’s MLS match against New England Revolution on September 5 — Brazil’s game against Costa Rica in New York takes place on the same day.

Dunga’s side will then take on the U.S. at Foxborough Stadium on September 8.

It is a positive step for Kaka who has played 89 times for Brazil and appeared at three World Cup finals.

In March, the midfielder told CNN that he still harbored hopes of making the Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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