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AC Milan's Ronaldinho has his hopes set on a 2010 World Cup appearance with Brazil. ((Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images))

AC Milan star Ronaldinho will not play in Brazil's final friendly before the World Cup, raising serious doubts as to whether he will be on the plane to South Africa this summer.

The 29-year-old playmaker was not included in the team roster released by coach Dunga on Tuesday for Brazil's exhibition match against Ireland in London next month.

The March 2 game is Brazil's last scheduled match before the start of the World Cup on June 11.

Ronaldinho was once considered the best player in the world and was a fixture on the Brazilian national team for many years, helping the South American powerhouse win the 2002 World Cup and 2005 Confederations Cup.

But a lack of consistent form over the past two years resulted in him losing his place in the starting lineup for the Selecao.

Dunga chose not to take him to South Africa for last year's Confederations Cup or use him during Brazil's final stretch of World Cup qualifying games, as he was unimpressed with his series of shoddy performances for the national team, including at last summer's Olympic tournament where he was clearly out of shape.

Recently, though, Ronaldinho has shown flashes of his old self with AC Milan, so much so that Brazilian fans and media have put pressure on Dunga to bring the two-time FIFA world player of the year to the World Cup.

But if Dunga's roster for the Ireland friendly is any indication, it would appear Ronaldinho's chances of playing in South Africa appear to be over.

Dunga maintained that Ronaldinho was still in the running for the World Cup.

"All players still have chances," he said. "We made an analysis of what are the best solutions needed for the national team and at this moment (Ronaldinho) is not part of them."

Brazil's opening Group G match at the World Cup will be on June 15 against North Korea, followed by Ivory Coast and Portugal.