Jefferson: I want to be Brazil’s number one at the 2018 World CupThe Botafogo stopper may be the new Brazil number one
Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson is hoping to remain as Brazil’s number one for many years to come and has targeted starting the 2018 World Cup.
The 31-year-old was part of the World Cup squad but didn't feature and has often been a first reserve for his country.
However, it is expected that he will start against Colombia on Friday and is going to be handed the number one jersey by new head coach Dunga.
When Jefferson spoke to Goal.com, he said: "We cannot think short-term because there are alternatives to all 11 players.
“I’m very happy to be back in the squad and I must maintain good performances to stay in the squad despite the financial problems [suffered at his club, Botafogo.].”
Jefferson is one of the more experienced players in the new look Brazil squad and he is using Colombia’s Faryd Mondragón as inspiration for his ultimate goal.
He added: “Colombia had a goalkeeper at the World Cup who was .
“God willing, I'll be well by 2018. I will face many tests to get there, but I'm working hard to continue to be a part of Dunga’s group."