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World Cup player profile: Willian

Willian has been back in Brazil colours since his move to Chelsea
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The Chelsea midfielder has only been involved in Luiz Felipe Scolari's last few squads but has quickly shown his ability.

Name: Willian

Age: 25

Position: Midfielder

Club: Chelsea

Caps [goals]: 5 [1]

Willian made his international debut against Gabon in 2011 and days later he picked up his second Seleção cap in another friendly, this time against Egypt. The energetic attacker had quite a wait until his next Brazil appearances but Luiz Felipe Scolari picked him against Honduras in November 2013 and the Chelsea man has been an established member ever since.

Why has he been selected?

The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has been an astute signing for Chelsea this season and has impressed when handed opportunities for the Brazil team. His energy and pressing are key elements of his game and Scolari will be hoping Willian can provide him with an option off the bench during the World Cup.

How has he played this season?

After a slow start in west London, Willian soon settled to life in Chelsea and proved to be an indispensible player for José Mourinho. Although the playmaker hasn’t found the net as regularly as his manager might have liked, his work rate and intelligence on the ball are key attributes for the Premier League team.

What will his role be in Brazil?

Willian will most likely be a substitute for Scolari during the World Cup but will almost certainly play a huge part. He will be an attacking option during matches but is also adept at coming on to try and hold a lead by pressing from the front. Any injuries or suspensions for Oscar and Hulk and the Chelsea man could become a starter.


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