QPR goalkeeper Julio César delights at Brazil recall after year's absence
Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio César has expressed his delight at being recalled into the national team after a year's absence ahead of Brazil’s friendly with England on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old stopper made his last Brazil appearance during a 2-1 friendly win over Bosnia last February, but has earned a recall from new Seleção coach Luiz Felipe Scolari due to his fine form for struggling QPR.
The recall comes as a lifeline for César, who dreams of representing the Seleção in their home World Cup, 18 months from now.
He told Globoesporte: "From the moment that I was summoned, I realised that I have the chance to follow my dream of being a world champion.
"Then you really think back to childhood, to imagine a lot of things.
"Less than one year and five months after the World Cup, after a turbulent exit from Inter Milan and a transfer to QPR, I'm back and I'm very, very happy indeed."
The former Nerazzurri and Flamengo 'keeper represented Brazil during the 2010 World Cup and has earned 64 international caps to-date.
The Seleção have called up 13 different keepers to the squad since August 2010, with Valencia's Diego Alves edging ahead as first choice under Mano Menezes.
It remains to be seen whether former Chelsea boss Scolari will start César or Alves during this week's Wembley clash, which kicks off at 19:30 in two days' time.