In Brazil's call-up, this Wednesday, Ramires was the biggest surprise on the list. Although he is considered one of Chelsea's most important players, Ramires is still fighting for a place in Brazil's national squad.
Ramires is considered one of Brazil's best midfielders. However, he hasn't featured in recent squads due to an apparent mix-up between his club and country over his fitness for two matches in March.
The 26-year-old - who was at one point accused of attending his wife's dinner party instead of playing for his country - has since apologised for he confusion surrounding his groin injury, and it seems he's now back in the plans of national team coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari.
It was well-known that Scolari was unhappy with Ramires. He wasn't even a part of the team that won the Confederations Cup in July. But, it seems that they have put their differences aside. Scolari stated that they talked about the situation, and is ready to give an opportunity to Ramires. However, Chelsea's player will face strong competition.
In the past months, Scolari made several changes in Brazil's tatics. They helped the national team, that improved a lot, especially when he established Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho as the two centre-midfielders of the first-team.
Both of them impressed the coach. It's unlikely that Ramires will be a first-team choice soon. In addition to that, Scolari really appreciates Hernanes' ability, and considered him the ideal player to replace Paulinho or Gustavo.
Among this players, Ramires has some unique qualities. He is faster than Paulinho and Hernanes, and is as good as Luiz Gustavo in marking. The Brazilian is a modern player, with a great vision of the game.
Ramires will have to play his best if he wants to be a part of Brazil's national team and beat the competition. He is highly-regarded in his country even with the indiscipline problem. There is no doubt that Ramires can be part of Brazil's squad, but he will have to work really hard for it.
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