Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his 23 man squad for the World Cup 2014 and it already features a number of surprising omissions. Former World Cup winner Kaka has not been included in the squad, as the former Chelsea manager has gone for current form rather than experience or youth. Further, Scolari has a lot of options in the attacking midfield area, which deemed Kaka surplus to requirements. Ronaldinho, who was also not expected to feature in the squad, also appears to have played his last match.
AC Milan striker Robinho, who failed to get into double figures for goal scored this campaign, also does not seem to be in the mix. Scolari has named a number of expected players like Oscar and Neymar, while the defensive attributes of the team also remain unchanged with the likes of Thiago Silva and David Luiz being part of the defence. The Premier league is one of the highest providers of players of the Brazilian national team with the likes of Chelsea contributing four and Manchester City chipping in with two.
Scolari has admitted that not everybody will be accepting the squad that he has named for the World Cup, but he is confident that this group of players will lead the nation to success in front of their home fans.
"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. 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," said Scolari.