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Liverpool's Lucas Leiva hoping for Brazil recall after 'disappointing' England friendly snub

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva hopes to return to the national team as soon as possible, after the disappointment of missing Brazil’s friendly with England on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old had been sidelined since December 2011 with a cruciate ligament injury and was ruled out for a further few months after suffering a thigh injury on his return in August.

Despite making a strong comeback recently, Lucas did not receive a call-up from Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil’s upcoming game at Wembley.

However, the former Grêmio man hopes to impress the new Seleção coach in time to fulfil his dream by playing at the World Cup.

Lucas said: "I have been out for a while with injuries. But I would really like to be involved in the 2014 World Cup, especially as it is in my country.

"We have the Confederations Cup in December, so hopefully the new manager will come to see me. I just need to be playing well for Liverpool and then that will help me get back into the Brazil squad.

"The Confederations Cup will be like a mini World Cup so I hope after the disappointment of not playing against England at Wembley, I will be able to be in the next squad.

"The main thing now is to get that recall from the manager – that’s a big dream for me."

Source: Daily Star


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