Coutinho and Rafael in Brazil but on social businessCoutinho lost out to the likes of Willian for a World Cup place -
Two of the men that didn't quite make the cut when head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named his final World Cup squad of 23 have been out at a fancy dress party in their homeland as they bid to make the most of their post-season extended break.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Rafael of Manchester United decided to let their hair down alongside their wives by dressing as pirates and cowboys at a bash in Brazil after others jumped ahead f them in the World Cup queue.
Coutinho in particular is believed to have been in the reckoning for a call-up after impressing in the latter half of Liverpool's campaign with some stirring performances in the final third.
And Rafael, although having a poor season by Manchester United's lofty standards, would have been in the mix had injury befallen either Daniel Alves or Maicon.
Neither player has made the seven-man list of back-up alternatives announced by Scolari and so the only party they will be attending this summer will be one of the fancy dress variety.
A link to pictures of the pair in unusual garb can be found here: www.dailymail.co.uk/sport.