Scolari names Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad

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Scolari names Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad

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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named his 23-man World Cup squad on Wednesday with the most notable absentees being AC Milan pair Kaka and Robinho.

This summer on home soil Brazil will be hunting a record-extending sixth World Cup crown.

Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva will captain the World Cup host team which also features Barcelona striker Neymar, whom Scolari appears to be building his team around.

Scolari said: “Neymar’s biggest responsibility is not just to make plays, but also to counterattack and improvise for what he is able to do in some parts of the field that others don’t do. He is going to be a compliment to a group that often works for him and he, in some instances, will have to work for this group too.”

Scolari has until June 2 to name his final 23-man squad – the day before Brazil face Panama in a friendly.

They play their final warm-up match against Serbia three days later.

Brazil kick-start the tournament on June 12 against Croatia in group A which also includes Mexico and Cameroon.