England-Brazil: Ronaldinho surprised with Seleção recall
Ronaldinho has spoken of his surprise at an international recall, as he prepares to make his 100th appearance for Brazil against England this evening.
The 32-year-old was the notable inclusion in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for tonight’s friendly at Wembley, having not represented the Seleção for a year.
Ronaldinho, whose last full competitive Brazil match came in the 2006 World Cup, could not hide his surprise at the recall but admits he was hoping for it.
The Atlético Mineiro player said: "It had not been in my plans.
"I had a very good season last year so I was hoping it would happen to a certain extent. I am very glad it has come true now.
"My style remains the same. I play the same way I played before.
"It gives me great pleasure to return to Europe, having played here for such a long time. It is a great pleasure to be back."
The two-time FIFA Player of the Year also commented on his side's World Cup chances next year.
He added: "There is great pedigree amongst our team. I think we have all the possibilities to win the World Cup.
"We have a mix of young players and experienced players. I am the most experienced player in this team so I will do everything to help my team to win this big aim, which is the World Cup."
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said the match would be Ronaldinho's 100th for his country although it did not say whether this figure included matches against club and representative sides and the Olympic team.