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World Cup rejects: Alternative Brazil XI

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It's no secret that World Cup hosts Brazil have a fair few talented players at their disposal and the calibre of players left out of Luis Felipe Scolari's 23-man squad emphasised that.

The former Chelsea manager yesterday named his squad ahead of this summer's showpiece event, and there were a number of big name players who failed to make the cut.

From electric wingers to rock solid defenders, a variety of players missed out on the chance to represent the Samba boys on home territory, and with that in mind we've made a team of these unlucky souls.

Goalkeeper - Diego Alves

Valencia stopper Diego Alves has impressed in his teams run to the Europa League semi-final but his club form wasn't enough to earn a place in Scolari's squad.

Right-back - Rafinha

Being an almost ever-present for Bayern Munich this season wasn't enough for Rafinha to get the nod as Dani Alves and Maicon made the cut.

Centre-back - Marquinhos

Despite costing Paris Saint-Germain upwards of €30million last summer Marquinhos won't be adding to his solitary international cap although teammate Thiago Silva will be there as skipper.

Centre-back - Miranda

Atletico Madrid's superb season owes a debt of gratitude to their solid defence, and despite being at the heart of that back four Miranda has been given the summer off by Scolari.

Left-back - Felipe Luis

Like Miranda, Felipe Luis has just had one of the best season's of his career with Atletico Madrid but he finds himself as third choice behind Maxwell of PSG and Real Madrid's Marcelo.

Central midfield - Lucas Leiva

Liverpool man Lucas Leiva adds energy and enthusiasm to the midfield and come next season he'll have plenty of that after a summer of rest having been overlooked by Scolari.

Central midfield - Philippe Coutinho

He may not be the main man, but Philippe Coutinho has had an outstanding season at Liverpool this year, nevertheless Scolari has deemed him surplus to requirements this summer.

Central midfield - Kaka

A Milanese renaissance isn't enough to earn Kaka a place in a fourth consecutive World Cup squad and he'll have the whole summer to ponder where it all went wrong.

Right Wing - Lucas Moura

Another PSG man paying the price for failing to nail down a regular starting spot for Laurent Blanc. The pacey wide man made his debut at just 19, and by 21 he's out in the cold, well the cold of the copacabana beach that is.

Left Wing - Robinho

It appears international experience counts for nothing for Scolari and Robinho won't be adding to his 92 caps this summer. A cheerful character, he'll be disappointed not to get an invite to Brazil's biggest party.

Striker - Ronaldinho

Playing through the middle in this team is the unmistakable Ronaldinho. Four domestic-based players have made the squad but the buck-toothed genius isn't one of them, and that's a huge shame for watching fans.

Substitutes - Diego Cavalieri, Alex, Luisao, Jadson, Fernando, Bastos, Elano, Leandro Damiao, Pato.


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