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Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar admits that he owes a lot to the Brazil coaching staff for sticking by him through a tricky couple of seasons.
Cesar is still regarded as the number one for the South American outfit, despite enduring two chaotic campaigns while with QPR.
The 34-year-old joined the R’s in 2012 after leaving Inter Milan but he could not keep the club afloat in the Premier League.
Boss Harry Redknapp opted to use Rob Green and leave the Brazilian out in the cold for the first half of the 2013-14 term, forcing the stopper to head out to MLS side Toronto on loan in search of regular football.
The former Flamengo man believes that if boss Luis Felipe Scolari and his team were not in charge of the national side he may not have been called-up for the tournament in his homeland.
Cesar said: “After all that happened to me at Inter, at Queens Park Rangers, I never stopped plugging away. It was the confidence I felt from the coaching staff which ensured that I am here today.
“Had another coaching team been in charge of the Selecao I don’t know if I’d be here.”
The Brazil international also revealed that he is in a better frame of mind as he prepares for this World Cup with his side valued at 3.70 to lift the trophy, compared to how he felt in the build up to the competition in South Africa in 2010.
He added: “I come in [to this year’s World Cup] better than 2010, better focused, better prepared.”