Brazil squad versus England 6 February 2013 includes Chelsea’s David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires, QPR’s Júlio César
Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his squad to face England on February 6th at Wembley. Queens Park Rangers Júlio César along with Chelsea’s David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires make are included. Bayern Munich centreback, Dante, gets his first cap. The squad includes six Brazil-based players: Neymar and Arouca (Santos), Luis Fabiano (São Paulo), Paulinho (Corinthians), Fred (Fluminense) and Ronaldinho (Atlético Mineiro). There’s no place for Kaká. Also missing is Paris Saint-Germain centerback, Thiago Silva, who was captain under Mano Menezes but is injured. The seleção will arrive in London on 4th February and will train at The Hive Football Centre.
This is Scolari’s first squad since taking over from Mano Menezes after he was sacked in November last year. Big Phil’s appointment was met with bemusement in some quarters as he had just helped lead one of Brazil’s biggest teams, Palmeiras, into the second division of the national league. Scolari, however, remains popular because of Brazil’s win in the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea. But his record since then has been poor. He took Portugal to the Euro finals in 2004 and to a semi-final slot in the 2006 World Cup. Silverware, though, has been scarce and winning two second-rate tournaments: the Uzbek league in 2009 with FC Bunyodkor and the Copa do Brasil last year with Palmeiras, have done little to enhance his reputation. Supporters cite Scolari’s motivational skills (though these failed to save Palmeiras and a lack of motivation is not something the seleção suffer from in big tournaments). Anyone who watched Palmeiras over the past two years will be concerned about Felipão’s apparent lack of tactical nous in the modern game and this is a major worry for Brazil as they prepare for this year’s Confederations Cup and World Cup in 2014.
Following the England match, Brazil have four friendlies lined up before the Confederations Cup gets underway: Italy (21 March in Switzerland), Russia (25 March in England), England (2 June in Brazil) and France (9 June in Brazil).
Brazil squad in full
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Valencia), Julio César (QPR)
Wingbacks: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Adriano (Barcelona), Filipe Luis (Atlético Madrid)
Centrebacks: Dante (Bayern Munich), David Luiz (Chelsea), Leandro Castán (Roma), Miranda (Atlético Madrid)
Defensive midfielders: Arouca (Santos), Hernanes (Lazio) injured replaced Jean (Fluminense), Paulinho (Corinthians), Ramires (Chelsea)
Attacking midfielders: Oscar (Chelsea), Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Atlético-MG)
Forwards: Neymar (Santos), Lucas Moura (PSG), Luís Fabiano (São Paulo), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit)
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