Flamengo forward Ronaldinho has been included in the
Santos duo Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso were also named in a strong 23-man squad for the
Kaka has featured nine times for the Primera Division leader this year, but has seemingly not done enough to convince national coach
"I do not have an explanation for all players who are not in the squad," Menezes said at a press conference.
"This should not be the [end of the] line, with the respect I have for Kaka - it's an evaluation.
"Perhaps I didn't see something from him that I wanted to see."
Of out-of-form Ronaldinho, he said: "When I called him up before I explained that I think of Ronaldinho as part of a project. I cannot read too much into the player's performances right now."
Santos goalkeeper Rafael was the only new name in the group, while AC Milan's Robinho was overlooked along with injured team-mate
The match - the Selecao's opening game of 2012 - will be the first in a lengthy run of friendlies for Menezes' men as they build up for the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals on home soil, while the younger players will also be looking to impress ahead of this northern summer's London Olympics.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Philippe Coutinho's form could earn him a spot in Brazil's FIFA World Cup squad.