Dedé admits ‘it was a dream’ to score for Brazil and hopes for World Cup place
Cruzeiro defender Dedé has reveled in netting his first goal for Brazil.
The 25 year-old, earning just his ninth cap, scored as the Seleção laboured to a 2-0 victory against Zambia, in Beijing.
"I am very happy to score my first goal with the national team shirt. It was a dream,” he said, as reported by goal.com.
"I had it in my head that this game was the biggest game of my life. To be part of the Selecao means a lot to player. Moreover, the World Cup fast-approaching. I am fully focused and very thankful for being here.”
Brazil were frustrated for almost an hour by Zambia, before Chelsea midfielder Oscar found a breakthrough on the 59th minute. Dedé doubled the lead seven minutes later.
The former Vasco da Gama defender hopes his performance can seal him a place in head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup plans.
"I think I had a pretty solid game and even scored a goal,” he continued. “If I manage to keep it up then I think I can reach my goals. I'm relieved but I have to keep working every day in order to stay in the group."