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Brazil's Thiago Silva itching for World Cup chance

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

Former Brazilian has not given up hope of reclaiming a starting berth for the Selecao during this year's World Cup in

The 33-year-old centre-back has been a peripheral figure for since his gifted a penalty to in the 2015 Copa America quarterfinals, which the team lost on spot kicks, reports

The current incumbents in the middle of Brazil's defence are Silva's Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marquinhos and Inter Milan's Miranda.

"They are both playing very well and are making very few mistakes," told daily.

"But I don't think anybody has a guaranteed starting position in Brazil's national team.

"I know what my potential is and the other players know theirs.

I just have to work hard every day and then the opportunities will come."

is likely to enter the June 14-15 tournament as the favorites after losing just one of their 18 South American zone qualifiers.

But they will need to overcome the harrowing memory of on home soil four years ago, when they suffered a humiliating 7-1 semifinal loss to

"There is no way to forget what happened in 2014," said Silva, who missed the match against the eventual champions because of suspension.

"Even if we win we can't erase what happened. What we can do is minimize the effects of it, if we manage to achieve our dream of being champions."

Despite his absence against in Belo Horizonte, was criticised by sections of the Brazilian media after the tournament.

Some questioned his temperament after he wept openly as prepared for their penalty shoot-out with in the round of 16, which the hosts won.

"People tried to make me quit football," said. "They talked a lot about what happened (the tears) without bothering to look at the human side. But that's normal in Everybody has an opinion," he added.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 13:54 IST
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