Julio Cesar ready for Brazil mission

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar will reclaim his position for the five-time champions when they open their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ campaign, despite missing yesterday's final warm-up romp over Tanzania.

Tottenham Hotspur's Heurelho Gomes stepped in for the 5-1 win in Dar Es Salaam after the Inter Milan man had to go off in last week's 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe with a back problem.

Since then Julio Cesar has been undergoing physiotherapy and swimming sessions at the team's Hotel Fairway headquarters outside Johannesburg, and working with goalkeeping coach Wendell Ramalho.

But coach Dunga today made it clear that Julio Cesar is his first choice for next Tuesday's Group G opener against Korea DPR. They later face Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire.