The four Brazilian players in our first team squad – David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar and Willian – have been named in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for the upcoming World Cup on their home soil.
Scolari named his final 23-man squad for the tournament this afternoon (Thursday). Our former manager is hoping to guide his nation to World Cup glory for the second time under his stewardship, having done so in 2002.
National team managers can name a provisional squad of 30 players, which then has to be whittled down to a group of 23 at the start of June. Scolari has decided to finalise his squad now, however.
Our Brazilian quartet will start the tournament with a varying amount of international experience. David Luiz, vice-captain of the Seleçao, has 34 caps to his name and was part of the side which won the Confederations Cup in Brazil last summer.
Also in that team was Oscar, who has played 29 times for the full national team. Ramires and Willian – then a Shakhtar Donetsk player – were not selected in Scolari’s squad 12 months ago but get the call-up this time around. Ramires has earned 41 caps for Brazil and is the only player of the four to have appeared at the last World Cup, in South Africa. Willian, meanwhile, has five caps, three of which have come since his move to Stamford Bridge nine months ago.
Brazil get the showpiece tournament underway when they play Croatia in Sao Paulo on 12 June. The hosts are also in a group with Mexico and Samuel Eto’o’s Cameroon.