Brazil's World Cup Snubbed XI
Brazil's 2018 FIFA World Cup Snubbed XI
Brazil coach Tite recently announced his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and left out some pretty big names. Here is a strong starting line-up made up of Selecao stars who were not selected for the World Cup.
Click through the gallery above to see a strong Brazil XI of players who were snubbed for their World Cup squad.
The 56-year-old announced his squad for the showpiece in Russia on Monday, opting to select just 23 names instead of a provisional squad, despite the deadline for the final World Cup squads only being on 4 June.
Tite gave some insight into his selection process, which was supported by his technical team.
"There were many doubts. Sometimes the decision of an athlete to be called depends on the system, the way the team acts, what I believe, what the technical committee believes," the coach explained, as quoted by Globo Esporte.
"Sometimes it's his technical momentum, solidity during the high-level playing campaign. The World Cup moment is the maximum, mentally the players have to be very strong, and they need to be in good physical shape, while we also take the technical and tactical aspect into consideration."
Despite the intensive scouting and preparations for the 23-man selection, there are still some Selecao stars who might feel hard done by.
Valencia goalkeeper Neto, for example, had a great campaign in LaLiga and was part of the latest Selecao squads, but was replaced by Brazil-based Cassio in the World Cup selection.
At the back, AS Monaco right-back Fabinho and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro would probably start for many international teams, but were not chosen by Tite.
David Luiz and Rodrigo Caio missed out as central defenders, while new FC Barcelona signing Arthur was hoping for a spot in central midfield.
Napoli midfielder Allan was one of the standout players in Serie A this season, and many hoped the uncapped player would be part of Tite's World Cup squad, but the 27-year-old was once again overlooked.
Lucas Moura and Malcom would also feature in many other teams on the wings, but they, too, were not considered good enough for Brazil. Anderson Talisca starred as an attacking midfielder for Besiktas this season, scoring 19 goals, yet the 24-year-old was also not called up.
Gremio striker Luan is reportedly on the scouting list of many Premier League sides, but the 25-year-old won't be in Russia, with Tite and his coaching team preferring other options up front.
Which Brazil stars do you think Tite should have called up to his World Cup squad? Have your say in the comments section below.