Striker Romario has been left out of the 23-man Brazilian squad for the World Cup in Japan and South Korea. The 36-year-old Vasco da Gama player – who was the hero for Brazil in their victorious 1994 World Cup campaign – was not really expected to figure in the squad but his omission by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will still provoke the ire of the media and fans alike.

Scolari hasn’t selected Romario since last July even though the veteran marksman remains one of the world’s most lethal strikers. The Brazilian coach has surprised many by also omitting midfielder Djalminha after he head-butted Deportivo La Coruna coach Javier Irureta in training last week.

Goalkeepers - Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo), Marcos (Palmeiras), Dida (Corinthians)

Defenders - Cafu (AS Roma), Belletti (Sao Paulo), Junior (Parma), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Lucio (Bayer Leverkusen), Roque Junior (AC Milan), Anderson Polga (Gremio), Edmilson (Olympique Lyon)

Midfielders - Gilberto Silva (Atletico Mineiro), Emerson Ferreira (AS Roma), Juninho Paulista (Flamengo), Kaka (Sao Paulo), Kleberson (Atletico Paranaense), Vampeta (Corinthians), Ronaldinho Gaucho (Paris St Germain)

Forwards - Ronaldo (Inter Milan), Luizao (Gremio), Edilson (Cruzeiro), Denilson (Real Betis), Rivaldo (Barcelona)

Filed by Tom Grealis