Brazil coach Dunga named his squad for the World Cup today and there was one major surprise. However, it wasn’t the one fans had hoped for or expected.

Dunga chose Wolfsburg striker Grafite in place of Flamengo’s Adriano, who has missing training and turned in several substandard performances over the last few months.

But he did not include Santos wunderkids Neymar or Paulo Henrique Ganso in the final 23.

The full squad is this:

Júlio César (Inter de Milão-ITA)
Gomes (Tottenham-ENG)
Doni (Roma-ITA)

Maicon (Inter de Milão-ITA)
Daniel Alves (Barcelona-SPA)
Gilberto (Cruzeiro)
Michel Bastos (Lyon-FRA)
Juan (Roma-ITA)
Lúcio (Inter de Milão-ITA)
Luisão (Benfica-POR)
Thiago Silva (Milan-ITA)

Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos-GRE)
Felipe Melo (Juventus-ITA)
Josué (Wolfsburg-GER)
Kleberson (Flamengo)
Elano (Galatasaray-TUR)
Ramires (Benfica-POR)
Kaká (Real Madrid- SPA)
Júlio Baptista (Roma-ITA)

Luís Fabiano (Sevilla-SPA)
Nilmar (Villarreal-SPA)
Robinho (Santos)
Grafite (Wolfsburg-GER)

I’ve written very little about football since I ended my relationship with soccernet but one of the best pieces I ever did, and probably the most prescient, was this piece in The Scotsman on the eve of the last World Cup.

Brazil went into the tournament favourites but let the adulation go to their heads and were knocked out in the quarter finals by France.

They will need to be more focused this time around and that is a given with Dunga at the helm.

The big worry this time is Kaka. As the only creative midfielder in the squad a huge amount of responsibility lies on his shoulders.