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Jun 2, 2014

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David Luiz is relishing the opportunity to get back into a Brazil shirt ahead of Tuesday's penultimate World Cup warm-up friendly international against Panama.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's side have played only once in the past seven months - a 5-0 thrashing of South Africa on March 5 - but have two games this week to fine-tune preparations for the showpiece global event on home soil.

The Selecao face Panama in Goiania on Tuesday and tackle Serbia in Sao Paulo on Friday before opening their World Cup campaign against Croatia in the same city on June 12.

And Luiz cannot wait - not least to put on a show for the Brazilian people as the team look to repeat their 2013 Confederations Cup success.

"We all are willing to play these friendlies,'' said the 27-year-old, who will officially join Paris St Germain from Chelsea next week when the transfer window opens.

"We miss playing more with our national team. I see people very passionate for the national team. In every place that we've been, we felt love. I'm sure all the fans will support us.

"That made a difference in the Confederations Cup and will make it again now.''

Brazil take on Panama in Goiania - close to capital city Brasilia, in the centre of the country - but will do so without Thiago Silva, Paulinho and Fernandinho, who have remained at the squad's World Cup training camp in Teresopolis.

Bayern Munich defender Dante, who will replace Thiago Silva on Tuesday, added: "We've won a lot in Europe playing for different clubs. But winning for your country is a different thing.

"For the people, for the kids on the streets, this is everything - this makes the difference. We will work hard. July 12 (the final) is the target.''

Tuesday's match will take place at the Serra Dourada arena, which stadium administrator Itamir Campos acknowledged was in urgent need of renewal.

"We know it's not a proper field to host the national team, but soon we will be closing it for a total renewal,'' he said.

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