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Willian is closing in on 50 caps for Brazil and was part of the Selecao squad who reached the semi-finals in 2014, only to lose woefully to Germany 7-1 on their own soil. The Chelsea forward wants to ensure he is part of the Selecao in Russia this summer and hopes his recent form for the Blues can help him.

Willian was called up for international friendly games against Russia and Germany, and he was in the starting lineup for Brazil’s 3-0 win against this summer’s World Cup hosts.

“I will do my best,” Willian said. “You mature, you learn things. Every professional has their way of working. I prefer not to go back in time and talk about 2014 [World Cup] but of course, the family feel [in this squad] will be close to that of 2014 and it’s important to have everyone close to us.

“It’s also important to have closed training at times so we be more focused on our work.”

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