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Chelsea midfielder Ramires has outlined his intentions to force his way into Brazil's final World Cup squad for the upcoming tournament on home soil.

Last Updated: 07/03/14 at 22:25 Post Comment

Ramires: Determined to earn a place in the Brazil World Cup squad

Ramires: Determined to earn a place in the Brazil World Cup squad

The Premier League star, who came on as a second-half substitute for club team-mate Oscar in the rout of South Africa in midweek, did not receive a call-up to the national squad for Brazil's successful Confederations Cup campaign last year.

However, the tireless midfielder's club performances have forced his way back into international reckoning, featuring in six of the Samba Kings' last eight fixtures.

With the promise of a tournament on home soil, and with Brazil as early pre-tournament favourites, Ramires is determined to make coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's preliminary squad, which will be announced in May.

Ramires told 'ESPN Brasil': "Thank God I had the pleasure of participating in a positive way of a big part of our preparation for the World Cup, that makes me feel very honoured.

"We closed that stage with another win and now everyone will try to keep doing their best for their clubs until the final call up, which I hope to be part of."

The 26-year-old, who has seven international caps to his name so far, believes that the host nation is well-placed to win their first World Cup since 2002, dethroning two-times champions Spain in the process.

He added: "What is important is that Brazil's squad are united and getting stronger and stronger, and we will be at our best level to win the sixth World Cup title for our people."

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