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Ronaldinho given World Cup hope by Menezes

sports Updated: Sep 05, 2011 02:10 IST

After seeing Ronaldinho regain his form, fitness and passion for football, Brazil coach Mano Menezes believes the two-time world player of the year can re-establish himself as a permanent fixture in the national team through to the 2014 World Cup.

A string of impressive displays for Flamengo in the Brazilian league persuaded Menezes to recall the 31-year-old Ronaldinho for the first time in nine months ahead of Monday's friendly against Ghana in London.

Menezes insists Ronaldinho's return "is not a temporary solution" and believes the playmaker's experience and history will be vital in a squad packed with young players.

Menezes said Sunday "Ronaldinho is enjoying himself again ... he is a leader and a player you can rely on."