Miranda keen to take chance to impress with Brazil

The Selecao defender thinks he can become a regular with his national team after impressing for his club this season in La Liga

Atletico Madrid defender Miranda believes he has what it takes to succeed with the Brazil national team again, starting with the friendly against England at Wembley on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old centre-back picked up six caps while playing for Sao Paulo but this is his first call up since moving to Spain and he remains keen to press his claims for a regular place home.

"I know what I’ve got to offer. To be honest, it’s been some time now that I’ve been playing better here than I did at Sao Paulo where I made the Brazil team a few times," he told Fifa.com.

"The Selecao is all about taking your chance when it comes around though, and you have to be ready."

Miranda’s club team-mate Filipe Luís is also in the Brazil squad for the friendly with England, and is looking to add to his one cap by improving his defensive displays.

"Defence is very important in Europe. It counts for a lot," he said.

"We are growing all the time, winning trophies and achieving big things, and we have to keep it going.

"My weakness was defending. Here, full-backs have to defend first and then attack and I think that’s where I’ve improved the most. I’ve come on a lot and I’m a more rounded player now.”