Despite making his debut in 2011 against Gabon, Willian earned just his third cap, but having received the news last week, his Brazilian teammates at Stamford Bridge - David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar - shared their delight, as well as words on manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.
"They became very happy when I was called up, they came over, hugged me, told me that this was a happy moment and that I deserved it,” he said. We had never really talked much about the national team, we only did after I was called up. Then I started asking what it is like, what Luiz Felipe Scolari is like, they said a lot of good things about him and about the environment there. They gave me good tips for when I arrive there."
Willian arrived in style, capping off a flowing move to bag Brazil fourth goal in their 5-0 win over Honduras on Sunday. With the World Cup drawing ever closer, Willian has a number of players competing with him for a spot in the squad - including Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard. A poll I conducted on Twitter featured a question of taking two out of the aforementioned Willian, Coutinho and Bernard, and the most popular choice was Willian and Coutinho, on the basis of their performances at a higher level of football.
With Willian now starting to find his feet in the Premier League after his move from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer, he has a great chance to nail down a place in Scolari's squad in 2014.
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