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World Cup 2014

Football: Brazil goalkeeper Cesar ready to repay Scolari's faith

Published on May 28, 2014 6:11 AM
Brazilian national goalkeeper Julios Cesar laughs during a press conference at the squad's Granja Comary training complex, in Teresopolis, 90km from downtown Rio de Janeiro on May 27, 2014 ahead of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 tournament. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AFP) - Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar insisted on Tuesday he will silence any doubters who believe coach Luiz Felipe Scolari should consider looking beyond him as the World Cup hosts target a sixth triumph.

“I come in with my suitability in the position questioned, but happy and 100 per cent ready,” the 34-year-old said as he settled into Brazil’s tournament headquarters at Granja Comary an hour outside the hubbub of Rio.

The former Inter Milan shot-stopper has been in the limelight with Scolari insisting throughout the build up to the competition that he will definitely be first choice between the sticks.

But Cesar in January had to resort to resurrecting his club career in the unlikely surroundings of Toronto after months spent in the wilderness following relegation from the English Premier League with Queens Park Rangers.

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