TERESOPOLIS, Brazil - Brazil midfielder Elano said he was aware of his limitations and was happy to play a supporting role for his national team. Elano has kept his place in Dunga's squad despite problems at Premier League club Manchester City where he has spent much of the season languishing on the substitutes' bench. One of Dunga's most trusted players, Elano has scored six goals in 29 appearances since making his debut in 2006 even if he does not play with the flair of team mates Ronaldinho and Kaka. "I've never been an outstanding player but I've always been a very useful player for Brazil," he told reporters at Brazil's training camp on Wednesday. "And when I have a chance to score, I take it, so I've been playing regularly. It's been nearly three years with Brazil and Dunga has given me a good run." "I've always admired Ronaldinho....but whenever I play for Brazil, I try to do my best and it's worked out which is why Dunga has put me in the team. I think I've deserved my place." Elano has recently found a new lease of life at his club and said he knew it was only a matter of time before he won back his place. "My situation is good, it's improved a lot," he said. "I've played in eight of the last 10 games and that is extremely important....I know have the capability to be a regular at my club and I've been playing well, doing my job and scoring goals. It was a question of time." Brazil visit Ecuador for a World Cup qualifier on Sunday when Elano may find his club mate Felipe Caicedo on the other side. "He's commented that it's the game of their lives because a defeat will make it very difficult it for them to qualify," Elano said. "But I've already told him that we're going to make it really tough for them."
25 March 2009
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