2014 World Cup: Brazil announce final 23-man squad without Kaka, Robinho & Ronaldinho
Luiz Felipe Scolari has swiftly named his final named the 23 players he hopes will guide Brazil to World Cup glory on home soil this summer and axed some of the country’s talented players Kaka, Robinho and Ronaldinho from the squad.
Even though FIFA requires team to submit a provisional 30-man squad by 13 May, Scolari has decided to name a 23-man squad without any controversies.
His squad includes six Premier League players: Chelsea quartet Ramires, David Luiz, Willian and Oscar, plus Paulinho of Tottenham and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho.
The surprise names in Scolari’s selection are Hernanes and Henrique, with Miranda and Lucas Moura among the disappointed parties.
There are seven changes to the side that won the Confederations Cup last summer, with Jádson, Diego Cavalieri and Filipe Luís three of those to be overlooked.
Alexandre Pato, Kaká, Ronaldinho, Lucas Leiva and are some of the other high-profile names to miss out.
Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 12, before facing Mexico and Cameroon.
Announced in front of a mind-blowing 700 members of the press in Rio this afternoon, here’s the panel picked to do the business in their home country.
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Júlio César (Toronto FC), Jéfferson (Botafogo), Victor (Grêmio)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Internazionale), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Forwards: Fred (Fluminense), Neymar (Barcelona), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg), Jô (Atlético Mineiro)