It’s unlikely that Fred will be wearing the canary strip of the Brazilian national team anytime again soon, if ever.
The 30-year-old Fluminense forward was roundly booed upon his withdrawal against Germany in Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final defeat on Tuesday, and he was an unused substitute in Saturday’s third-place match in Brasilia.
In other words, he is one of the scapegoats for what was a disastrous few days in Brazilian football history, and he’s not alone.
Should Tite replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as Selecao manager as several outlets have suggested, according to Marca, the former Corinthians boss will almost certainly go in another direction up front and in several other positions as well.
Following are just six of the players Brazil can turn to in their time of crisis, three of which have already been capped by the five-time world champions.