Felipe Scolari has named six English-based players in Brazil’s World Cup 2014 squad but there’s no place Liverpool midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva.
Tottenham's Paulinho, Manchester City's Fernandinho and Chelsea quartet Oscar, David Luiz, Willian and Ramires are included in the squad but Coutinho and team mate Lucas were among a host of big names to miss out on selection. Scolari opted to remain loyal to most of the players who starred in last year’s Confederations Cup with 16 of his 23-name list among the squad that won the warm-up tournament on home soil in 2013.
It means past stars Ronaldhino, Kaka and Robinho were left out of the squad and it was disappointment for Coutinho who emerged as a key member of the Liverpool team that has excelled in the Premier League this season. The only surprise choice is Napoli defender Henrique who has only played 71 minutes at International level and pipped Atletico Madrid’s Miranda and PSG’s Marquinhos for the fourth central defender slot.
Brazil will bid for record sixth World Cup title with only five players from the 2010 tournament in South Africa, Julio Cesar, Silva, Alves, Maicon and Ramires. The players will meet up on 26 May in Rio de Janeiro and play two friendlies against Panama and Serbia before opening their World Cup campaign against Croatia in São Paulo on June 12. Brazil will also face Mexico and Cameroon in Group A.
Scolari has led Brazil to 13 wins from their last 14 matches and the host nation is favourite the World Cup when it returns to the country for the first time since 1950. Click here to compare odds for Brazil to win World Cup 2014.