The Liverpool midfielder came off the bench to make his first appearance for the Selecao since 2011 and has set his sights on cementing a place in the squad ahead of the World Cup
The Liverpool midfielder replaced Oscar with 20 minutes remaining at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul to make his first appearance for the Selecao since 2011.
And now the 26-year-old has outlined his desire to earn a permanent place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad ahead of the World Cup next year.
"My first goal in coming back to the squad is to earn a place for myself in the group,” he told TV Globol.
“I know we don't have many games until the World Cup, but I think that in the time I got today I showed something.
"I talked to Felipao and he asked me to do a job similar to what I do for Liverpool and that's what I tried to do today.
"I felt really comfortable, especially since I know many of the guys here, some of them for many years.
“I think it’s important that I feel like I have always been here. Now we have another match against Zambia which will be really important."
The former Gremio man went on to echo statements from the camp this week that it is just as important that he prove his worth to the squad off the pitch.
"Scolari always talks about how he doesn't just analyse the games,” he continued.
“He's watching how we perform in training, too. We know he admires players who help form the group and we're trying to fit that profile.
“But, of course, when we get opportunities in matches we have to take them and show that we can remain here and be part of the World Cup squad. I believe that if I get these chances I will show that I am ready to be here."