Maicon’s international career is almost certainly over after the full-back was kicked out of the Brazil squad last week.

Hs agent Antonio Caliendo told Tele Radio Stereo: “I cannot comment on the incident, but I can say that Dunga and (technical director Gilmar) Rinaldi are good friends and that if the coach has taken a decision as severe as this, he will not return [to the squad].”

The Roma full-back was asked to leave the Selecao set-up on Sunday but the team’s general coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi would only tell reporters of “an internal problem”.

There has been speculation about the cause of the expulsion and suggestions that Maicon may retire, but his representative Caliendo insists the 33-year-old intends to continue his club career.

“Maicon will play a few seasons more yet,” the agent told continued. “Just like [former Brazil captain] Cafu.

“We know his hobbies outside of the field. Sometimes he has spoken of them.

“However, he is a force of nature at work. And when he quits, I suppose that he will disappear from the world of football.

Maicon, who has been capped 76 times by his country, had regained his spot in Brazil’s starting line-up at the expense of Dani Alves and started Dunga’s first game since returning as coach, against Colombia last Friday.