Fernandinho: Brazil are World Cup favourites
Fernandinho says Brazil are favourites to lift the World Cup, with the Manchester City man desperate to play a part in the occasion.
He moved to the Premier League from Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk this summer in a hope of boosting the midfielder's chances of forcing his way into the national set-up, with Brazil set to host the event in 2014.
And the 28-year-old feels that home advantage puts his country in a strong position to win the tournament, reports Goal.com.
"I believe Brazil are the major favourites," he told Perform.
"We'll be playing at home with the crowd support. It is something we Brazilians haven’t seen in a long time.
"Brazil had great performances and played good football during the Confederations Cup. Obviously there are other teams in good shape as well who are well prepared, but I believe Brazil are strong contenders to win the title."
With the World Cup less than a year away, Fernandinho is keen to give Seleção coach Luiz Felipe Scolari plenty to think about as the hosts continue their build-up to the showpiece.
The Brazilian has been deployed in a deeper role since at City since his move to Manchester, but says he does not mind where he plays.
"Perhaps Big Phil (Scolari) is watching and if I have the opportunity to play for the Selecao doing this role I would be extremely happy," he continued.
"I'm working hard each day in every match with that in mind. I watched many interviews with Scolari and he said there are still some available spots, and he is watching all players.
"I honestly believe that I'm doing everything I can to make it happen."