Rafinha eyes Brazil World Cup place

The 28-year-old is hopeful his impressive early-season form for Bayern Munich will be enough to catch the eye of Selecao boss Luiz Felipe Scolari
Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha has set his sights on earning a place in Brazil's squad for next summer's World Cup.

The 28-year-old has had a good start to the season under Pep Guardiola, with Philipp Lahm's shift to midfield granting him the chance to impress in a right-back role.

And Rafinha is hopeful his performances will catch the eye of Selecao head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"I am doing fine and I am still hoping to play more regularly," he told Bild.

"Who knows, maybe I can be back in the Brazil fold for the 2014 World Cup.

"Dani Alves of Barcelona is the starter, but no-one knows who will be his backup next summer. If I keep up with my form and play matches, there could be a chance I can make it."

Guardiola himself admits he has been pleasantly surprised at the level of the former Schalke defender's performances in 2013-14.

"Rafinha is a superb player. I am surprised about his performances," he told Kicker.

"He has played great in these last matches as well as doing fine in training also."