Former Manchester City striker Robinho says that he has not still given up hope of being recalled back to the Brazilian national teams for major tournaments.
The 31-year-old was left out of the Brazilian squad for the World Cup 2014 despite having a great relationship with the national team’s former manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari. Robinho would have been thankful for this decision by Scolari given the way Brazil have been facing criticism since the embarrassing exit from the competition. The 7-1 defeat against Germany in the semifinals has not been forgotten and much will be expected from the nation in the next World Cup in Russia.
The World Cup 2018 is still more than a couple of years away, but Robinho could be at the end of his career. Even though Robinho still remains on the books of Milan, he returned to Santos in yet another loan spell. This is the second time he has been at the club where he started his career for a loan spell. After scoring nine goals in 21 appearances, it does not look like Robinho has the statistics to be called up for the national team. New boss Dunga may prefer the experience offered by the 31-year-old, who has featured 95 times for the national team.
“I have put in a good pre-season and now I have to get continuity. Forwards need to score goals. I am doing that and I hope to continue in this form both for Santos and the Selecao. We have to forget the 1-7 but at the same time learn from the mistakes we made. Unfortunately Brazil lost but now that’s in the past. We can’t keep harking back to it. Now it’s time to think about the future. I have always taken good care of myself. The World Cup is the objective of any player. I have never won a World Cup but may be it could happen one day,” said Robinho.