Only one of Spurs' Brazilians makes Brazil squad for 2014 World Cup

Clive Rose

Paulinho is in and Sandro is out.

The Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup is out, and it only includes one player from Tottenham Hotspur. Luiz Felipe Scolari has picked Paulinho for his team, but has left Sandro out.

Paulinho has had a seriously up-and-down season for Spurs, with more downs than ups. He generally impresses with his high work rate, but his defensive positioning has been generally abysmal and he hasn't been able to hit the broad side of a barn from outside 10 yards. Despite being advertised as a goal-scoring central midfielder, Paulinho doesn't look able to score anything but tap-ins.

He's been consistently brilliant for Brazil, though, for whatever reason. Maybe he gets some confidence from playing with the likes of Neymar or maybe he just needs to be utilized in an extremely specific way. Whatever the case, he'll get chances with Brazil and hopefully he's able to turn a good World Cup into a great run of form for Tottenham -- or at least a huge transfer fee if he leaves.

Sandro, meanwhile, is probably ready to fight Tim Sherwood. And, to be honest, I wouldn't blame him if he was absolutely irate at the current Tottenham boss. He's been played out of position when he has played under Sherwood, and is currently out of the squad on account of apparently not being good enough, which everyone with eyes knows is ridiculous.

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