Kaka earns Brazil recall

Kaka has been named in the Brazil squad for next month's two friendly matches, more than two years after his last game for his country.

The Real Madrid midfielder has not played for the national team since its quarter-final defeat to Netherlands at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Coach Mano Menezes has included the 30-year-old in a 23-man squad for the games against Iraq in Malmo, Sweden, on 11 October and against Japan in Wroclaw, Poland, five days later, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced on its website.

Kaka has found first-team opportunities at Madrid few and far between this season and has been closely linked with a move away from the club.

He gave boss Jose Mourinho a stark reminder of his talents with a hat-trick against Colombians Millonarios in a 8-0 Santiago Bernabeu Trophy win in midweek.

Three Chelsea player, David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires, were also named in the squad.

Brazil squad: Diego Alves (Valencia), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro); Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Adriano (Barcelona), Alex Sandro (Porto), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dede (Vasco), Leandro Castan (Roma); Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur), Paulinho (Corinthians), Fernando (Gremio), Giuliano (Dnipro), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Oscar, Ramires (both Chelsea), Thiago Neves (Fluminense), Kaka (Real Madrid); Neymar (Santos), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg)