Championship goalkeeper heading to World Cup
Julio Cesar will be part of Brazil's home World Cup campaign
Julio Cesar is virtually assured a place in Brazil's World Cup team even though the goalkeeper will be playing his club football in the Championship this season, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Brazil's manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that he is not worried about Cesar's club situation after picking him in Brazil's recent squads.
However, the former Chelsea boss says there are 'four or five spots' that are up for grabs for the 2014 home showpiece.
It looked increasingly likely that the former Inter Milan stopper's international career was over when he was dropped following a poor performance in the World Cup 2010 quarter-final.
In that time Cesar swapped Italian giants Inter for the cash rich but internationally little-known QPR.
However, the appointment of Scolari bought about a recall for Cesar in 2013.
QPR were relegated and no club have been prepared to match Cesar's sky high wages and he will, therefore, remain in the English second tier where he faces a fight to dislodge Rob Green as number one goalkeeper.
Should he become first choice, his preparation to face the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Robin Van Persie and Cristiano Ronaldo will involve visits to Yeovil Town, Barnsley and Bournemouth.
Speaking after his side's 3-1 win over Portugal, Scolari said: "In the games against Australia and then again today I've seen there are one or two players I can add to the 17 or 18 I already have on my list.
The 34-year-old stopper admits he is as surprised as anyone over his recent international revival.
"I was as surprised as you. I think he wanted to protect me, so many people were asking about my position. Now I need to keep working hard and maintain my form over the next eight months," concluded the stopper.
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