Gilberto talks up favourites

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Midfielder Gilberto Silva has dismissed claims of complacency in the Brazilian camp.

The defending champions have already won the World Cup five times before, but the 29-year-old Arsenal man believes the team still have the motivation and quality to win again.

"The good thing this year is that everyone still wants to win. They don't think: 'I won it once, if I don't win it again it's not important,'" he told the Daily Mail.

"We're going to go home very upset if we don't win, but we know it's not that simple. To achieve that you need something special - like we had last time.

"Touching the World Cup for the first time is the biggest dream of all footballers.

"We look as good as four years ago. We can retain the World Cup."

The Samba Boys are outright favourites to recapture the trophy, though their usual talisman Ronaldo has come under pressure of late regarding his fitness, and more specifically his weight.

But the 2002 Golden Boot winner has been backed by Real Madrid team-mate Roberto Carlos to have his usual influence, despite missing training with blistered feet.

"Ronaldo missed training but will be ready for the World Cup. He's an inspirational player for us and will be our leader for the tournament," Roberto Carlos told the Sun.

The South Americans kick-off the defence of their title against Croatia on June 13, before facing Australia and Japan in the remaining games of Group F.