Scolari: World Cup squad not decided
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has insisted that places still remain open in his World Cup plans.
The 64 year-old named a 23-man squad for next month’s friendlies against South Korea and Zambia earlier this week.
The return of Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva aside, Scolari has largely remained loyal to the same of pool of players that won the Confederations Cup, or were used earlier in his reign.
The former Chelsea tactician isn’t closing the door yet however, with time still available for those not involved to break into the squad.
"The group (making the eventual cut for the World Cup) is not yet closed," he told fifa.com.
"These games are to provide opportunities to fringe players.”
Scolari is pleased with the progress the Canarinho have made, after initial struggles, but insists there is still room for improvement, despite the Confederations Cup victory earlier this summer.
"We have a solid base already. We have to work on our style, our overall foundation so that we maintain what we achieved at the Confederations Cup.”
Felipão was also quizzed on Neymar’s impact at Barcelona. The 21 year-old netted his first La Liga goal against Real Sociedad last weekend and has settled well in Spain.
"It is interesting and good [to see him playing] in a team that doesn't play just for him," Scolari continued. "His arrival at Barcelona gives him extra strength which he didn't have beforehand."