The 28-year-old midfielder has not been included in the Brazil squad since 2012 but since making his £30 million move to Manchester City from Shakhtar Donetsk, his fortunes appear to be turning around.
With the World Cup this summer in his homeland, the box-to-box midfielder will have more than enough to motivate himself for the remaining games in the Premier League and Champions League with the Citizens.
City currently sit in 3rd place in the table, just two points off Chelsea at the top – the Brazilian missed City’s tough test at the Etihad that resulted in a 1-0 defeat to the Londoners, along with top scorer at the club Sergio Aguero.
During his eight years at Shakhtar Donetsk, Fernandinho managed just 5 caps for his country whose squad boasts some of the finest midfielders in the world – the likes of Chelsea’s Oscar and Ramires, Tottenham’s Paulinho, Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, as well as Lucas Moura and Kaka currently playing on the continent.
Fernandinho will likely find himself vying for a place in the squad and the team this summer should he be named in Scolari’s squad, with Ramires and Paulinho who have both impressed in the Premier League this term.
Fernandinho has scored three goals and made three assists for City this term across 20 league appearances before being ruled out with a muscle injury in January. However, he is expected to return to availability for City boss Manuel Pellegrini ahead of the Citizens’ clash with Barcelona in the Champions League this month.
Furthermore, his inclusion in the squad that will face South Africa on March 5 in a friendly is great news for Pellegrini and City fans – the midfielder will surely have the World Cup firmly fixed on his mind and what better way to prove himself worthy of a place in the Brazil team than by imposing himself on the Manchester City side fighting for the title.
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