The Botafogo custodian hopes to cement his place as Brazil's no.1 this week and says he can't only focus on James and Falcao when the Selecao meet Colombia on FridayJefferson says every one of the 22 that have made the Brazil squad are playing for their international futures.
The Selecao face Ecuador and Colombia as the Gillette Brasil Global Tour resumes with games against Colombia and Ecuador, in what will be their first outings since former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was replaced with Dunga.
"We cannot think short-term because there are alternatives to all 11 players,” said Jefferson.
“I’m very happy to be back in the squad and I must maintain good performances to stay in the squad despite the financial problems [suffered at his club, Botafogo.].”
The Botafogo goalkeeper is one of the more senior members of the squad at 31, but he sees no reason why he can’t make it World Cup 2018, particularly after Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon made a record-breaking appearance at Brazil 2014 earlier this year.
“Colombia had a goalkeeper at the World Cup who was ,” he said.
“God willing, I'll be well by 2018. I will face many tests to get there, but I'm working hard to continue to be a part of Dunga’s group."
He faces competition from Napoli’s Rafael for the No.1 shirt this week but looks set to start against Colombia at Sun Life Stadium on Friday, facing off against the prolific Falcao and the World Cup’s top goalscorer in James Rodriguez. But Jefferson insists he won’t be caught out thinking only of those two.
“We cannot be narrow-minded because there are 11 players, and we have to attend to all of them,” he said.
“I cannot be thinking only about them because, otherwise, other players can make a difference. But of course there is a special look at players of an above-average level of skill.”