Dante: I'd be delighted by Brazil recall

The Bayern Munich ace has not featured for his country since starting the 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany but denies that he has been mentally scarred by the experience

Dante has admitted that he would be “delighted” to receive a recall to the Brazil squad.

The Bayern Munich defender made Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for this summer’s World Cup but made his one and only appearance in the 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany.

Dante has not featured since Dunga replaced Scolari as coach after the tournament but the 31-year-old centre-half has not given up hope on representing his country once again.

“I work first and foremost for Bayern,” the former Juventude ace told Fifa.com. “That’s the way it has to be.

“I totally understand that when a new coach comes in after a World Cup that younger players are going to get a chance. That’s only natural.

“But it goes without saying that if I get called up again, I’ll be delighted to go.

“The Selecao has given me a lot and it makes me and my family feel very proud, which is why I’ve got no right to say no to the Brazilian national team.”

Dante also dismissed the notion that he has been left irreparably damaged by having been a part of the shocking semi-final defeat by the Germans in Belo Horizonte.

“If I’m scarred by it, then so be it, but I have faith in God. If He put me in that situation, it’s because he knows that I’m capable of handling it.

“And if I am scarred, then it will just be in the eyes of a few people because I know what I’ve had to do to get this far.

“I’ve won all there is to win in football apart from the World Cup.

“No other player in world football won more big trophies than me in 2013, and they didn’t put up a statue to me or anything, so why should I start believing all this negativity now.

“If they want me to be scarred, then I’ll be scarred, but I’ve been through too many battles in my career to let it all be summed up by 90 minutes, let alone that 20-minute spell we had [between the 11th and 29th minute, in which Brazil conceded four times].

I’ve seen it, and I don’t have a problem talking about it either. I’m not scared of criticism or hearing negative things.

“I’m never going to forget it and it still hurts. It hurts a lot when I think about that day, and the only way we can make that pain go away is by winning more titles in the future.”

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