April 15, 2008

Brazil national team coach Dunga has hinted that exiled Inter striker Adriano could earn a recall for the Seleção.

"The Emperor" has had a miserable time of things at Inter over the past couple of seasons, and was allowed to travel to his Brazilian homeland at the end of last year in order to receive treatment for his personal problems.

While there, he signed on a six-month loan contract with São Paulo, and he has largely impressed, scoring 11 goals this season.

This form has caught the eye of Brazil boss Dunga, who has praised the 26-year-old hitman.

"He has grown and improved a lot with São Paulo," Dunga explained. "He had some problems at the start, but he is back to the old Adri that we all know.

"Without a doubt he has great potential if he becomes his former self because he is a strong and aggressive player who scores goals."

Adriano, who has not played for his country in over a year, has hit a superb 27 goals in just 41 games for the Seleção.

He also traveled to the 2006 World Cup, but like most of his countrymen, this didn't prove to be the best of experiences as Brazil crashed out to France in the quarterfinals.

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