Chelsea quartet, Man City midfielder, Barcelona ace in Brazil squad

Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his 23-man Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup.
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Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his 23-man Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Scolari has kept the core of the Confederations Cup-winning roster together for the homeland tournament which kicks off in Sao Paulo on June 12 with A Selecao taking on Croatia.

Chelsea foursome David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar and Willian have all been included while Barcelona stars Neymar and Dani Alves are front and centre alongside Zenit St Petersburg ace Hulk while Manchester City’s Fernandinho has been selected.

Liverpool pair Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva were overlooked as were AC Milan duo Kaka and Robinho and former national team superstar Ronaldinho.

Scolari said: "We know that not everybody will agree with all the names, it's normal.

"But now that we have the 23 players, we would like to ask that our fans support all of them so together we can focus on our goal of winning the World Cup.

"I don't think this lack of World Cup experience will play a big part.

"Our players have been gaining experience in their leagues in Europe and I don't think they will be affected by this too much, although in certain World Cup situations, having that experience would be important.

"I fully trust these players."

Brazil’s 23-man squad for World Cup

Goalkeepers

Julio Cesar (Toronto FC)
Jefferson (Botafogo)
Victor (Atletico Mineiro)

Defenders

David Luiz (Chelsea)
Dante (Bayern Munich)
Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
Henrique (Napoli), Maicon (Roma)
Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain)

Midfielders

Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg)
Paulinho (Tottenham)
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Ramires (Chelsea)
Oscar (Chelsea)
Willian (Chelsea)
Hernanes (Inter Milan)

Forwards

Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg)
Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Neymar (Barcelona)
Jo (Atletico Mineiro)
Fred (Fluminense)

 
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