Formiga: I want to emulate Roger Milla

Brazil fell at the penultimate and ultimate hurdle at USA 1999 and China 2007 respectively. Formiga is eager to go one better.

“I’m not sure what’s been the best Seleção I’ve played in,” she said. “They were different squads. 2007 was a great team.

“Football has changed. There have been renovations. When there are changes, your standard drops until you can find a way to play together.

“Vadao has been getting the Seleção there. We’ve had some good results. We’ve got some great players. Marta is still Marta. We can, without doubt, win this World Cup.

“It’s great that it will be here in France. There’s such a buzz about it. The people are really happy, excited. It’s going to be a wonderful tournament.

“France are one of the biggest threats to our hopes. They could definitely win it.

“They’ve tested out a lot of players. What the coach [Corinne Diacre] has done really well is blend the experienced players with the youngsters. France have some of the best players in the world – in defence, midfield and attack – and they also have some really promising youngsters.

“Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who I play with at PSG, is outstanding. She’s fast, skilful, scores lots of goals. She’s going to be one of the best players in the world.”