Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari announced the World Cup squad and there are four Chelsea FC players on the list: David Luiz, Willian, Ramires, and Oscar. All four players reacted to the news with social media posts sharing how proud and grateful they are for the opportunity to represent their country at the World Cup.
Ramires and Willian were the two possible outsiders with the former not being selected for some friendlies this season because of differences within the camp. Ramires’s wife responded to that with a series of angry social media posts but it appears that Scolari had the midfielder in his plans all along. Willian was not on the Seleccao’s World Cup radar when he was plying his trade at Shakhtar Donetsk but since arriving at Chelsea his profile has risen greatly. David Luiz is a captain of the squad and Oscar is considered by many as more important to Brazil’s World Cup hopes than star man Neymar.
Luiz Felipe Scolari on his team selection and their lack of World Cup experience not being a problem:
“We know that not everybody will agree with all the names, it’s normal. But now that we have the 23 players, we would like to ask that our fans support all of them so together we can focus on our goal of winning the World Cup. I don’t think this lack of World Cup experience will play a big part. Our players have been gaining experience in their leagues in Europe and I don’t think they will be affected by this too much, although in certain World Cup situations, having that experience would be important. I fully trust these players.”
Here is the rest of the Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro).
Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Henrique (Napoli), Maicon (Roma), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain).
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan).
Strikers: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Fred (Fluminense).
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