Real Madrid’s Ricardo Kaka is one of the headline omissions from Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad for the summer’s Confederations Cup.
The 31-year-old had been involved in recent matches for the Selecao, but has not made the 23-man cut for this summer’s tournament hosted by his country.
Former Barcelona man Ronaldinho has also been left out, but there are calls for Barca’s Dani Alves, Madrid’s Marcelo and Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis.
“I had some difficulty as there were many other good players who might have been included, but according to certain criteria I have selected this group,” commented Scolari, whose team are in Group A this summer against Japan, Mexico and Italy.
“Theoretically we have a starting line-up. But it depends on the first days of training. We will see what conditions we are presented with as some players are competing in national tournament finals and at the Libertadores.
“But, we have roughly outlined the starting line-up.”
Brazil squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup: Julio Cesar (QPR), Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense), Thiago Silva (PSG, Réver (Atlético-MG), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Jean (Fluminense), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid), Fernando (Grêmio), Hernanes (Lazio – Itália), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern – Alemanha), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jadson, (São Paulo), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas (PSG), Hulk (Zenit), Bernard (Atlético-MG), Leandro Damião (Internacional), Fred (Fluminense) Neymar (Santos)