It was a mixture of expectation and surprise as recuperating Neymar is listed in Brazil’s final World Cup team. Brazil opted for a definitive list instead of the anticipated provisional one of 35 which would then be cut to 23.
Iceland also did the same. The 2002 winners are hopeful of returning to South America with the trophy after lifting it 16 years ago. And their ambitions will be boosted by Neymar, who has been named in the squad after suffering a season-ending injury earlier this year.
He is joined by Paris Saint-Germain teammates Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, while obvious choices such as Marcelo, Filipe Luis and Philippe Coutinho headline the roster too.
Chelsea star Willian is also among the players named after putting in several good shifts at club level during the season. And Liverpool star forward Roberto Firmino has been selected as well, following a spectacular campaign which could culminate in the Reds lifting the Champions League trophy later this month.