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Brazil boost as Ronaldo gets call-up

As squads begin to shape up for the summer&#39s World Cup, we are beginning to get an idea of which teams are settled and which teams might find the right personnel in time for a successful tournament.

Ronaldo has been confirmed in Brazil&#39s squad for the friendly against Yugo-slavia, which could prove hugely beneficial for the Brazilians. There is also considerable significance in the apparent return to fitness of the young German midfield star Sebastian Deisler.

Hailed as the most complete young midfielder to emerge in Germany since Steffan Effenberg, Deisler is now back from a knee injury which has kept him out since October.

Meanwhile, the wealth of striking talent in Argentina has been shown again by the omission of Gabriel Batistuta from their squad for a friendly match against Cameroon. Veteran striker Claudio Caniggia, however, retained his place while the other strikers, Hernan Crespo and Claudio Lopez, also keep the great Batistuta out.

There was further disruption to the preparations of South Africa recently when Carlos Queiroz, the coach, wilted under enormous pressure and resigned from his position as coach of the national side.

This is, of course,no time to start repacing key personnel but South Africa had performed poorly in the African Nations Cup when they were knocked out by Mali in the quarter-finals.

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