Junior: 'Difficult for Miranda to make Brazil squad'

Atletico Madrid's Joao Miranda celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Zenit during their Champions League group match on September 18, 2013
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Former Brazil international Junior admits that Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda may struggle to make Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the World Cup this summer.

Former Brazil international Junior has admitted that it will be difficult for Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda to make Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for the World Cup this summer.

Miranda has been one of the most impressive defenders in Europe this season, with his performances helping Atletico to the top of La Liga and into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

However, Junior, who represented Brazil at the 1982 World Cup, has said that the strength of Brazil's central defence could work against the 29-year-old.

"Miranda is also an option but there aren't any vacancies with Thiago Silva and David Luiz," Junior told AS.

"Dante's there too. Miranda must fight for another spot. It's possible."

Junior, however, believes that Miranda's Atletico teammate Filipe Luis will make the squad.

Filipe Luis of Atletico de Madrid looks on during the Spanish Super Cup second leg match between FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid at Nou Camp on August 28, 2013
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