Miranda keen to take chance to impress with Brazil

The Atletico Madrid and Selecao defender thinks he can become a regular with his national team after impressing for Los Rojiblancos, while his team-mate aims to improve defensively

Brazil international Miranda believes he has what it takes to succeed with the national team.

The Atletico Madrid defender picked up six caps while playing for Sao Paulo but this is his first call up since moving to Spain.

“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 Atletico Madrid team-mate Filipe Luis 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.”