Brazil striker Fred defended by former teammate KakaFred made his Brazil debut in 2005
Faltering Brazil striker Fred, who has been the subject of much criticism before and during this World Cup, has been defended in the press by a former teammate as the national team prepare for Friday's Quarter final with Colombia in Fortaleza.
Kaka, who has 89 Selecao caps to his name, told reporters: "Fred has a lot of critics but at least he has scored in this World Cup while other strikers who were tipped to score didn't."
"It's unfair to compare him to past strikers like Ronaldo and Romario. They are out of range for any striker."
"For me, Fred is good enough to play for Brazil and has shown it at this World Cup."
The Fluminense front man bagged his only goal to date at this summer's tournament against Cameroon in the group stages and has scored 18 goals in 37 appearances for his country.