Neymar: World Cup giving me butterflies in my stomach

The tournament does not get under way until June 12 but the Selecao starlet has confessed that he is feeling the pressure to deliver on home soil
Neymar has admitted he cannot wait to line out for host nation Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, revealing that he already has butterflies in his stomach.

The tournament is still over two months away but the 22-year-old forward says that his excitement at the prospect of representing his country on the game's grandest stage is almost overwhelming.

"I think it is an honour to wear the Brazil shirt in my country and to see my greatest childhood dream come true," Neymar told Lance.

"But the nerves are starting to appear and I've butterflies in my stomach.

"We are going to give our all out there to give Brazil the title. Your opponents always want to win and will give everything against Brazil.

"We have no preference regarding who we play as we know every match will be difficult.

"To get to the final will be a dream."

Of course, this will be Neymar's first World Cup, as former Selecao boss Dunga ignored calls to take the former Santos starlet to South Africa in 2010. However, the Barcelona attacker is not bitter that he was not summoned.

"It was not my turn to play a World Cup," Neymar reasoned. "I have always worked for this day - unfortunately it didn't happen for me on that occasion.

"But after that I was lucky enough to be called up to wear the Brazilian colours.

"I think the difference between the Neymar of 2010 and 2014 is that this one is more mature and has gained experience - [though] the pleasure of playing remains the same."

Brazil have been drawn in the same group as Croatia, Cameroon and Mexico.