What are Fernandinho's World Cup chances?

Fernandinho

The Manchester City midfielder is still on the fringes of the Brazil squad, and has six months to earn a place in the national reckoning.

With a historic World Cup on home soil set to take place next summer in Brazil, manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has a wealth of talent to select from.

Nothing other than success will do for the South American nation, who have been warming up for the tournament in stylish fashion with recent friendly victories.

One player that is on the outside and looking in is Manchester City’s Fernandinho.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk enforcer has admitted that he strives to be included in the squad for the World Cup, and is unsure why he has not been called up yet.

"Many people ask me why I am not called up, especially after I joined Manchester City," Fernandinho told iG.

"My only answer is that I don't know, some teammates are surprised too, they don't know why that happens.

"I have been playing as a holding midfielder, I could do the same for the national team without any problems, maybe playing along with Paulinho, staying back to allow him to advance, more or less like I do with Yaya Toure.

"I don't know why [I haven't been called up] but I am in a new stage in England, in a new team and a new position, I work every day thinking about returning [to the national team].

"I'll be happy to help and be part of the national team in any position. What I want is to be called up, the manager can then see later where he fields me."

In Brazil’s win against an indifferent Honduras in their last friendly fixture, one of the most impressive parts of the Selecao’s play was their central midfield partnership.

Tottenham’s Paulinho was one of the star performers, getting forward to add to his side’s attack and breaking up opposition play on regular occasion.

He was accompanied by Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo, who is the designated enforcer in front of his back four. The defensive midfielder showed discipline and excellent positional sense.

With Ramires, Hernanes and Lucas Leiva in the squad at the moment also, Fernandinho clearly has work to do to be included in Scolari’s contingent.

Paulinho and Gustavo’s partnership will remain first-choice unless something drastic happens, and as such it could well be between Lucas and Fernandinho to decide who acts as the duo’s deputy in the boiler room.

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