Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has said that he expected to be recalled to the Brazil squad for his performances this season.
The 28-year-old, who joined the Eastlands club from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer, has been an important player for Manuel Pellegrini's side, scoring three goals in 20 Premier League games so far.
As a result, Fernandinho has been called up by Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil's friendly international against South Africa next month.
The former Atletico Paranaense midfielder is delighted with his return to the Brazil set-up and insists that he deserves his recall.
"I did expect to get called up because all my work at Manchester City in recent months was done with the goal of getting called up," Fernandinho told Globo Esporte.
"This is the last call-up before the World Cup, so I did have that expectation. When the squad was announced, it was the total joy. I was following through the internet and I got very happy."
He added: "I arrived at home after training and the telephone began to ring. I was really anxious to find out if my name was on the list.
"It was an immense joy for me. It's a big challenge for me. If I get the opportunity to show what I can do, I will do the best to be on the final list for the World Cup."
Fernandinho is currently recovering from a thigh injury that he suffered during a training session, but he insists that his return to action is imminent.
"Injuries are always bad, there is no good injury," he said. "But what matters is that I am in the final stage of my recovery and in one week at most I'll be playing again.
"Then I'll take care of myself to be ready for the national team. I want to play well and make Scolari think [about calling me up for the World Cup].
"This is the last chance and I'll regard it as the last one in my life."