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Brazil News: Danilo hoping to help Selecao

9 months ago

In the latest Brazil news, Manchester City full-back Danilo is hoping to play his part for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup after impressing in the win over Croatia.

The 26-year-old won his 17th cap for the South American giants at Anfield as Brazil eased to a 2-0 victory.

Neymar, who opened the scoring, made his first appearance since suffering a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle in February, with Roberto Firmino adding the second at his domestic home.

Danilo was deployed at right-back and is competing for a starting berth at the 2018 World Cup due to the absence of Dani Alves.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender has been ruled out of the showpiece event following surgery on his knee and that has put Danilo in contention.

He will compete with Corinthians right-back Fagner but appears to be leading the race after helping to keep a clean sheet on Merseyside.

The former Real Madrid man was pleased with his performance and insists he is ready to help in Russia if head coach Tite gives him the nod.

Danilo said: “I am very satisfied with my first game. It was important not to concede a goal and to have safety in behind and allow the front players to make the difference. We are on a good path.

“This was the most important thing. I’m here to help the team. I’m here for when Tite needs me to do my best for the team.

“It was just a preparation game but we played against a very good opponent. There were big players on the other side. We have to remain solid and confident because the World Cup is nearly here.”

Brazil, who are priced at 4/1 to win the 2018 World Cup with Coral, begin their campaign against Switzerland at the Rostov Arena on June 17. They will also take on Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.