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Brazil coach Scolari: We have a starting line-up

Reuters

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed that he has his starting eleven in mind for the upcoming Confederations Cup.

The 64-year-old announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup warm up tournament earlier on Tuesday, with Ronaldinho, Kaka and Chelsea midfielder Ramires among the surprise exclusions.

Scolari explained he was faced with some difficult decisions but now has a good idea of his starting line-up, one month ahead of the competition.

He said: "We could lose out in terms of experience but we will make up for that with the enthusiasm which the young players bring.

"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.

"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.

"We have roughly outlined the starting line-up."

Tournament hosts Brazil have been drawn in the same group as Italy, Mexico and Japan, while Spain, Uruguay, Nigeria and Tahiti make up Group B.

The Seleção will kick-off the defence of their Confederations Cup crown against Japan at the Estadio Nacional in Brasília on June 15.

Click here to see the full Brazil squad.

 
 

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