Romario: Brazil's Olympic squad is rubbish

The former Barcelona forward has criticised Mano Menezes for his decision to call up three players over the age of 23 who are not experienced campaigners in internationals
Brazil legend Romario believes that his country's squad for the 2012 Olympic Games football tournament is not good enough, and that coach Mano Menezes made several mistakes with his selection.

The Selecao boss handed the three slots allocated for players over the age of 23 to Thiago Silva, 27, Hulk, 25, and Marcelo, 24, but the 1994 World Cup winner thinks that they should have been used on more experienced players.

"It's rubbish. Nothing against the over-23's who were selected, but this should have gone to players who are more experienced," he explained to reporters.

"I'm not the coach, but I disagree with this selection. I would take three defenders over the age of 23.

"Hulk is a good player and has a big future, but he is a player for the 2014 World Cup, not the Oympics. We have too many players over the age of 23. We should have taken a player who commands respect."

Brazil's squad for the Games will also include the likes of Neymar, Ganso, Leandro Damiao and Alexandre Pato. They will face Egypt, Belarus and New Zealand in Group C.