Inter’s Hernanes has revealed his ‘immense joy’ at having been included in Brazil’s World Cup squad.
The play-maker was named in Luis Felipe Scolari’s 23-man party for the tournament and has put his selection down to hard work.
“My call-up? The joy has been immense,” Hernanes told Inter Channel. “I have experienced great emotion and I am very happy to have achieved this objective.
“Only those born in Brazil can know what all of this means to me.
“When I arrived at Inter I said that I wanted to think about working hard and nothing else. Now, I have got my reward.”
The 28-year-old was then asked about retiring teammate Javier Zanetti and his chances of scoring his first San Siro goal tomorrow against Lazio.
“Zanetti? I think talking about him is pointless. Everyone knows about him and everyone knows the player he has been and the person he has been. It has been a pleasure to meet him before he retires from playing.
“He is a marvellous person. I say that there are humans and then there are monsters and he is a monster! He is no human!
“Scoring at San Siro? Let’s hope so. It’s always nice to score, though at San Siro I still haven’t.
“But sooner or later it will come because I am looking for it. And when you look for things, you find them!
“Who knows, maybe tomorrow.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!