Real Madrid defender Marcelo praises Brazil squad unity

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Brazil defender Marcelo has told O Globo that the Brazil camp are eagerly anticipating the start of the World Cup this coming Thursday and that harmony within the squad is as high as it’s ever been.

The Real Madrid left back, who recently scored in their Champions league final win, said: “I always wanted to play for the national team, playing in a World Cup in my own country.”

“There’s a great expectation and desire that the first game starts soon. We are in a good way, all going to plan but there are still some adjustments to be made to stay 100%, as (head coach) Scolari wants.”

“I can not explain it, but there is no doubt that we have a united group. Everyone is very comfortable and there is a lot of sincerity and friendship between us.”

Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo a doubt for the World Cup

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HUGE DOUBT: Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is a major doubt for the World Cup [GETTY]

The Portuguese captain is struggling with a thigh injury and has been ruled out of the warm-up match against Greece today.

International boss Paulo Bento admits he can’t put a date on the Real Madrid star’s comeback and will not any risks ahead of the tournament in Brazil.

Bento said: “Ronaldo will be with us against Greece but he will not play.

“We’re not going to set down a calendar for his return to competition.”

Ronaldo, 29, suffered an injury-hit finish to the season – completing just three of Madrid’s final 11 games

He sat out their last league game against Espanyol after pulling up during the warm up.

Ronaldo recovered to play the full 120 minutes in Madrid’s Champions League final win against Atletico Madrid.