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Rafael wants Brazil chance

Manchester United defender Rafael has been stung by suggestions he is not interested in playing for Brazil.

People think I don't want to play for Brazil because I left at such a young age.

That is not true at all.

My brother and I left because life for any young Brazilian player is full of uncertainty.

It is the same in England but we knew United represented a big chance for us.

The people back home thought we didn't care. We do care.

I would love the chance to play for my country again.

I don't think about it so much because of what has happened and because there is a lot to do with my club but the dream of playing in the World Cup for Brazil in Brazil never goes away.

I would love it to happen.

– Manchester United defender Rafael speaking to Press Association


Brazil thump Italy 4-2 in Confed Cup – Neymar can't stop scoring

Neymar in fine form one year out from his home World Cup. Credit: PA

Brazil finished top of Confederations Cup Group A by beating Italy 4-2 in their final pool game in Salvador.

Neymar maintained his record of scoring in each match at the tournament so far by netting his team's second goal.

Both teams went into the game already assured of their places in the last four.


Luiz needs nose job

Chelsea defender David Luiz requires surgery after suffering a broken nose playing for Brazil.

The 26-year-old incurred the injury in a collision with team-mate Thiago Silva during the Selecao's Confederations Cup defeat of Mexico.

Yes, my nose is broken, but that's part of the game.

Now I'll have to wait until the end of the competition and undergo surgery to fix it.

– Chelsea defender David Luiz
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