Coutinho discusses Brazil hopes ahead of World Cup

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The former Inter Milan midfielder has been discussing the possibility of featuring for his country when they host the World Cup next month.

Few would blame Liverpool winger Philipe Coutinho for giving up on any hope he had of playing in this year's World Cup.

With just 1 cap to his name from 2010, the 21-year-old has been in the international wilderness a little over the last couple of years, having failed to feature at any level for Brazil.

But he is still holding on to a chance he may earn a late call up.

"The Brazilian national team will always be one of my objectives, and I haven't given up of the World Cup yet," Coutinho is quoted as telling Placar according to Sky Sports

"I know our manager keeps an eye on everything that is going on, and I am doing my best to deserve a chance.

"Let's see what happens until the squad are called up. I still have the dream of playing the World Cup in Brazil."

With just 1 cap to his name from 2010, the 21-year-old has been in the international wilderness a little over the last couple of years, having failed to feature at any level for Brazil.

Coutinho was likely capped so early in his career to ward off any interest Italy might have had in nationalising the youngster and claiming him for their own national team.

Given that it was a friendly game against Iran that Coutinho featured in, it was more recognition of his prodigious talent and a promise that he would be involved in later years, with the risk remaining that unless he featured in a competitive international match he could still be called up by another nation.

Now he has moved to England, that is unlikely to happen, and yet Coutinho remains very much on the fringes of Scolari's group despite playing the best football of his short career at Anfield.

5 goals and 7 assists in 31 league games is good but not sensational form, while 3 goals last year after his Janaury switch also hint at promise rather than already realised talent.

Make no mistake about it, Coutinho is very much part of Brazil's future. The problem for the youngster is that he operates in a role traditionally overcrowded in his country.

The World Cup in Brazil may just be a year or two early for him.

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