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Few surprises as Scolari names Brazil World Cup squad

People watch on television the news conference of Brazilian national soccer team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari in Sao Paulo (Reuters) People watch on television the news conference of Brazilian national soccer team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari in Sao Paulo (Reuters)
Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Posted: May 8, 2014 12:52 am | Updated: May 8, 2014 5:35 pm

Napoli defender Henrique was the only surprise inclusion when Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named his provisional 23-man squad for the World Cup on Wednesday.

The squad, which will be aiming to win the title for a record sixth time, features Barcelona striker Neymar and will be captained by Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva.

Henrique, who worked under Scolari at Palmeiras, won out over Atletico Madrid’s in-form defender Miranda and PSG’s youngster Marquinhos for the spot as fourth central defender.

Scolari, who guided Brazil to their fifth World Cup in Japan in 2002, took Brazil to the Confederations Cup crown last year.

The team has won 13 of their last 14 matches and is favourite to win the first World Cup to be played in Brazil since 1950.

The players will meet up on May 26 in Rio de Janeiro and play two friendlies against Panama and Serbia before opening their World Cup campaign against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar, Jefferson, Victor; Defenders: David Luiz, Dante, Thiago Silva, Henrique, Maicon, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Maxwell; Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Hernanes; Strikers: Hulk, Bernard, Neymar, Jo, Fred.

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