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CESAR SET FOR ENGLAND CLASH?

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09:15 6th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Keeper could be handed Brazil cap at Wembley...

RANGERS keeper Julio Cesar could be handed the number one jersey for Brazil tonight when they line-up against England at Wembley Stadium (7:30pm).

The QPR stopper has been in inspired form since the turn of the year, putting in a number of Man of the Match displays as the R’s remain unbeaten in the Premier League during 2013.

That was recognised on Tuesday when he was nominated for the Barclays Premier League January Player of the Month award, along with Adam Le Fondre, Leighton Baines and Luis Suarez.

As a result the custodian has been recalled to the national team for the first time in 12 months, with Cesar crediting his move to London with QPR as the reason.

“It was all designed in my head,” said the former Inter Milan player.

“And what is cool is that I pushed myself. And today I can say that I am proud of myself. It was a particular victory. It's what motivates me more.

“It was something that I believed. I looked in the mirror and said, "You can do it."

Whilst Cesar hopes to add to his 64 caps for The Seleção, Jamie Mackie is another of Harry Redknapp’s side in international action tonight.

Mackie has been named in Gordon Strachan’s first Scotland squad for their international friendly with Estonia at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium.

In the Africa Cup of Nations Samba Diakite looks set to be available for Mali’s semi-final clash with Nigeria this afternoon.

Diakite was substituted midway through the first half of the Eagles penalty shoot-out win over hosts South Africa on Saturday.

However, after recovering from a head injury the Rangers midfielder should start in Durban.

Youngster Frankie Sutherland, currently on loan at Portsmouth, has linked up with the Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad ahead of their friendly with Holland this afternoon.

Finally, on Tuesday Armond Traore’s Senegal drew 1-1 with Guinea in a friendly in Paris.

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