Lucas Leiva: Brazil recall ‘came out of the blue’
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva admits he was not expecting to be recalled by Brazil.
The 26 year-old featured in both Seleção friendlies against South Korea and Zambia this week. He started the latter, a 2-0 win.
After a year out of the side, Lucas was growing increasingly pessimistic at his chances of being in the squad for next summer’s World Cup.
"The call-up came out of the blue," he told The Guardian. "It's not that I had given up my dream to play in a World Cup at home for Brazil but it was just that time was running out, with every game I wasn't picked for."
Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insists Lucas can be a key player for him.
"He is tactically sound and his protection of the back four is very important in the kind of football I like my teams playing."
Should Lucas be included by Scolari, he will follow in the footsteps of João Leiva - better known as Leivinha - his uncle. Leivinha, a striker, was part of Brazil’s 1974 World Cup squad.
"My grandma would be so proud," continues Lucas. "It's not bad to have had a son and grandson playing in a World Cup."
Lucas joined Liverpool in July 2007 from Grêmio for £5 million. He has made six starts for the Reds this season.