Julio Cesar named in Brazil's World Cup Squad

Julio Cesar Brazil

Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been called up to the Brazil World Cup Squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The 34-year old stopper, currently on loan at Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, has recorded two cleans sheets in seven appearances for the Canadian team. His call-up to Seleção is expected, although his previous inclusion was doubted as he struggled for game time in the Championship.

A lone appearance this season - a 4-0 loss to Everton in the FA Cup, preceded a confirmation of the Brazilians move to MLS with Toronto, with the promise of first team football allowing a chance to impress manager Felipão in the months prior to the World Cup.

In response to the announcement, Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said: “We are very excited with the news that Júlio César has been called into the Brazilian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in his native Brazil. Anytime a player is called to represent his country it is an honor and a privilege.

"While this was not unexpected given his experience, world class caliber and recent form with TFC, everyone at the Club is proud of this significant milestone for Júlio César, especially because it is in Brazil. He has a unique opportunity to play in front of his home fans at a World Cup and we wish him all the best.”

An appearance in another major tournament will do wonders to rebuilding his reputation, and may be the catalyst to secure a permanent move away from Loftus Road. QPR may yet secure Premier League football next season through the play-offs, but, having been frozen out of the first team squad by Harry Redknapp, the Brazilian would still have to leave to taste top flight action once again.

Reported interest from Arsenal that surfaced last summer has died down as the season progressed, but, with the Gunners still on the look out for another 'keeper, an impressive tournament - something that is expected of the host nation, should reignite interest in him.

Julio Cesar has earned 78 caps for Brazil, and was part of the squads which won the 2004 Copa America, and the Confederations Cup in both 2009 and 2013. He was first choice goalkeeper at the 2010 World Cup, and has been named as one of four captains in the current Brazil squad, as the hosts carry the dreams of a nation on their shoulders.

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