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Howard Webb hoping for Brazil call-up

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Premier League referee Howard Webb is hoping to be selected for the World Cup in Brazil and knows he will have to perform well in England's top flight and the Champions League to achieve his goal. 

The Rotherham United fan has established himself as one of the world's best referee's since making his Premier league debut in 2003. 

Webb, who famously refereed the 2010 World Cup and Champions League final, knows he must impress the scouts this season, both domestically and in Europe, in order to earn another call-up to football's biggest event. 

In his Footballers' Football column in the Mail, Webb described his ambitions for the season as well as discussing the negative aspects of the job. 

'I love being involved in tournaments and now my season is geared towards working hard to try and get that again next year by being selected for the World Cup, which would be my last involvement due to my age,' he said. 

Webb is 42-years-old but his desire to referee in another World Cup finals is huge. 

'You hope your performances are strong and you are in good form and you get selected for a tournament. The referees selected for the tournament are due to find out in February or March,' he added. 

Webb still remembers his feelings when he found out he would referee the World Cup final between Spain and Holland and knows the importance of being selected.

'The biggest honour of all as a referee is to be handed the World Cup final. There have only been 19 World Cup finals, so to referee one of them was a huge privilege. It does not happen to many players and it happens to even fewer referees so when you get appointed as a World Cup final referee then you understand what a big occasion it is,' he stated.

With today's analytical view of football matches dominating coverage, Webb knows there is intense scrutiny and pressure on referee's to make correct decisions, but he believes there can always be a positive outcome from these analysis. 

'With the added media exposure on the game, it is natural that referees will be scrutinised more. And there are a number of former officials working in the media and their job is to talk about referees and decisions made during games. I think it is healthy when it is done with the intention of informing the public and bringing peoples attention to the job of the referee and the processes we go through in making decisions,' he added. 

Webb has been accused of ignoring the big decisions during matches in order to let the game flow, but his reputation within the game is admirable and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him leading out the teams in Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup final. 

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