Robinho: Brazil captaincy wouldn’t change a thing

As one of the more senior members of the squad and a Dunga favorite, the Santos forward is rumored to be in line to inherit the armband this week.
Robinho says nothing will change his approach to securing a permanent return to the Brazil squad, regardless of whether or not he is named as captain this week.

The 30-year-old Santos striker was initially left out of the Gillette Brasil Global Tour matches with Colombia and Ecuador this coming week, but was drafted in at the last minute after Hulk was forced to withdraw through injury.

As one of the more senior members of the squad, and a favorite of coach Dunga during the latter’s time as Brazil coach between 2006 and 2010, Robinho is rumored to be in line to inherit the captain’s armband in the absence of the injured Thiago Silva.

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"If Dunga selects me to be the new captain, then I will be ready. Though other players like Neymar and David Luiz are also good choices for that role,” Robinho told reporters in Miami.

“For me, whether Dunga makes me captain or not, everything will remain same, my attitude won't change.”

“My relationship with Dunga is excellent, whether he is calling me up or not. What will determine my place in the Brazil team is what I do on the pitch, as with every player who is called. It’s only there that we can demonstrate that we should be here in the squad.”

Robinho was the second-most used player in Dunga’s initial spell as coach, during which he netted 21 goals in 53 games.