Lucas Leiva claims it is his dream to play for Brazil in the World Cup and is determined to make sure he gets there.

The defensive midfielder is set to play a part for Brazil in their upcoming friendlies against South Korea and Zambia.

The 26-year-old has yet to represent his country since he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament at Stamford Bridge two years ago.

Lucas has been ever present this season for Liverpool, and the Reds have been in good form as they sit second in the league - two points behind leaders Arsenal.

After fighting his way back into the fold for Brazil, the midfielder is determined to impress manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

“It means so much to be involved again with Brazil,” Lucas told the Liverpool Echo.

“It’s the chance that I’ve wanted. It’s the chance I’ve been looking for ever since I got back from my knee injury.

“I know I will be tested over these friendly games but it’s up to me now. I have to ensure that if I play I produce good performances in those two games.

“But it’s not just about the matches, even in training sessions and off the pitch when I am around the squad I have to be a good person and be involved with the group.

“I have really missed the atmosphere of being around the national team. Playing for my country means a lot to me and I am really looking forward to experiencing that again.

“Hopefully I can do a good job. It’s not long now until the World Cup and there aren’t many international games left before it.”

Lucas was a spectator during the Confederations Cup, which Brazil won, and was overlooked for the 2010 World Cup squad.

The Reds midfielder is determined to be involved when Brazil host the World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

“It’s been my dream to play for Brazil in the World Cup in my country,” added Lucas.

“For all Brazilian players, that will be enormous. It’s going to be very special and I’d love to be part of it.

“It’s always difficult to be in the squad as there are so many players competing for those places. But I’m back in there now and I need to try to convince the manager that I am able to make the group for the World Cup.”

Lucas will have to watch from the stands when Crystal Palace visit Anfield this Saturday after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in his sides 3-1 win over Sunderland.

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