Scolari: Neymar is not a diver
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has lashed out at critics who claim that Neymar dives too much, saying that the Santos star deals well with the rough treatment he gets in Brazil.
In an interview with Sports Ministry, Scolari defended Neymar and spoke out over his squad selection for their friendly against England in two weeks time.
"As a player who dribbles well and is lightweight, he suffers many fouls. He does not simulate and keeps on playing."
Scolari also justified the absence of Kaka for their clash against England on February 6: "Players who are not called, will have to try harder.
"Players who are called have to have the dedication to stay in the squad. The intention is that good players will always have a chance.
"I am spoiled with many good players, and it's up to me to make the choice. It will be done as I think should be done.
"What I'm expected to do, regardless of picking name A, B or C, is ensure that we are champions."