Chelsea defender David Luiz has said it’s a dream to be named in the Brazil squad for the World Cup, ESPN
Felipe Scolari yesterday named his 23-man party for the tournament, to be played on home soil, and Luiz was one of four Chelsea players to make the cut. He is joined by Ramires, Oscar and Willian.
The Premier League is further represented by Tottenham Hotspur’s Paulinho and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, although Liverpool duo Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho missed out.
“I’m so happy because it’s my dream come true,” Luiz said. “I want to say thank you to God first, for my family, my friends, for every single person who has helped me during my career.
“We need to win, that’s our life,” Luiz added. “All the Brazilian people are waiting for that. It’s big pressure but it makes us alive. I’m anxious. I want to be there tomorrow. Playing the World Cup is a big opportunity for our generation to play at home.”
Luiz also praised Scolari for his approach in picking the squad, with the former Chelsea boss largely sticking with the same group of players he usually calls. “Scolari with the national team, he always shows his team, he’s so transparent,” Luiz continued.
“Everyone knew before about 20-21 players who will be in the squad so it’s not a surprise for anyone when you have some names not coming to the national team with Scolari.”
Luiz has been at Chelsea since January 2011, having moved to Stamford Bridge from Benfica. He has 34 caps for his country and to date this season has appeared 34 times for his club without scoring. Last season Luiz claimed seven goals in 57 games.
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