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Big Phil's 50 hold their breath

Fred's injuries forced Scolari to try alternatives
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Luiz Felipe Scolari has called up 50 players since his return to the Brazilian national team's bench against England in February 2013. But more than half of those previously selected will have to settle for roles as spectators this summer.   

In his second spell in charge of the Seleção, Scolari has included 11 different forwards in his squads. Brazil's lack of clear-cut options in the final third and increased stability at the back have prompted the manager to experiment with his front men the most over the past 20 games.   

Scolari announces his list of 23 players for the World Cup this Wednesday at 15:30 BST.

The 50 players called up by Scolari since 2013:

Goalkeepers: Diego Cavalieri, Jefferson, Julio Cesar and Victor.

Central defenders: David Luiz, Dante, Dede, Dória, Henrique, Marquinhos, Miranda, Réver, Thiago Silva.

Right backs: Daniel Alves, Jean, Maicon, Marcos Rochas, Rafinha.

Left backs: Adriano, André Santos, Filipe Luis, Maxwell, Marcelo.

Defensive midfielders: Arouca, Fernando, Fernandinho, Hernanes, Lucas Leiva, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Ralf.

Attacking midfielders: Bernard, Jadson, Kaka, Leandro, Lucas, Oscar, Willian.

Forwards: Alexandre Pato, Diego Costa, Fred, Hulk, Jô, Leandro Damião, Luis Fabiano, Neymar, Osvaldo, Robinho, Ronaldinho.


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