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Scolari Announces Brazil Squad

Brazilian national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his squad for the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday afternoon.

At the end of April Scolari had already confirmed nine players - David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, Willian, Paulinho, Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva, Fred and Neymar - would form the core of the squad, and that captain would be Silva, Luiz, Cesar or Fred.

Brazil will play in the opening game of the World Cup on June 12 against Croatia, but having arranged friendlies against Panama And Serbia prior to the start of the event.

Before announcing the squad Scolari said, "Whether you disagree on a few players won't matter, I ask all Brazilians to support the squad no matter who the names are."

The full squad:

Goalkeepers:

César, Jefferson, Victor.

Centrail Defenders:

Dante, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Henrique.

Fullbacks:

Dani Alves, Maicon, Marcelo, Maxwell.

Midfielders:

Fernandinho, Hernanes, Luiz Gustavo, Oscar, Paulinho, Ramires, Willian.

Attackers:

Bernard, Fred, Hulk, Jo, Neymar.

Notable omissions from the Brazil squad:

Kaka, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva, Rafael da Silva, Miranda, Felipe Luis, Lucas Moura, Robinho and Ronaldinho.

Do you agree with Scolari's 23-man squad? Have your say in the comment section below. 

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