'Flamengo is my last chance' - Ex-Inter striker Adriano targets return to Brazil national team

The former Nerazzurri forward is determined to prove that he can still be a success in the Brazilian league and aims for a place in his nation's World Cup 2014 squad
Adriano is determined to prove that he still has what it takes to play for Brazil, after re-signing for boyhood club Flamengo on a six-month contract yesterday.

With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, the 30-year-old admitted that he must act now if he is to return to the Selecao.

Speaking at a press conference, the former Inter and Parma striker said, "I know that this is my last chance."

Having only featured in 16 matches last season due to a succession of injuries, the Brazilian is eager to repay the faith shown in him by the club and its fans.

"In the last two years I really thought about whether to stop or continue," he said.

"The fans always asked me to return. But now I must take responsibility. Flamengo want to help me. Everything depends on me."

With his off-field problems behind him, Adriano is ready to seize his chance and hopes to achieve his dream of returning to the international fray.

"The dream of every footballer is a World Cup in his country. I have to go through some stages and I will endeavour to do things seriously to return to the Brazilian national team.

"Naturally it is still a dream, but if I do everything right to get back to being the Adriano of before, I think I have the capability to return to the team," he added.

The striker, who has scored 27 goals in 48 international appearances, left Corinthians at the end of the season on a free transfer after he failed to complete his medical treatment.