Cris: Brazil not ready to win World Cup

The former Selecao international says that, although Luiz Felipe Scolari's side are not favourites for next summer's showcase event, there are signs of progress within the team
Former Brazil defender Cris believes that the Selecao are not yet ready to win World Cup 2014, despite progress being made.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's side face France in a friendly on Sunday and the ex-international gave his thoughts on both the game and Brazil's current state, a year before they host football's greatest tournament.

"This team have worked together for a while now and Luiz Felipe Scolari is putting together a strong group of players," Cris told L'Equipe. "We are not yet ready to win the World Cup but we are definitely seeing signs of progress.

"Both Brazil and France are under construction but there is great talent in both squads. [France coach] Didier Deschamps is doing a good job and I am sure they will qualify for the World Cup."

This match holds a special place in Cris's heart, having spent a large chunk of his career playing for Lyon in France, and the Gremio centre-back is pleased to see so many familiar faces.

"I lived in France for eight years and I can't wait for the game, even though it is only a friendly," he continued. "It's nice to see friends with whom I've shared some wonderful moments; Bafe [Bafetimbi Gomis], Hugo [Lloris], [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Clement] Grenier.

"It will be a special game, especially for us. We still remember the two World Cup defeats, in 1998 and 2006."

Cris played 27 times for Brazil between 2001 and 2009, scoring once.