BRUNO Alves is targeting World Cup success with Portugal as he prepares for the tournament in Russia next month.

The central defender is currently in his home country training with his national side. They take on Tunisia, Belgium and Algeria in friendlies over the next couple of weeks.

Alves was part of the 2016 team who won the European Championship but Portugal face a tough test in their group on the world stage. Spain, Morocco and Iran make up Group B.

He said: “We have to do what we have done so far, we have to work well, we are ready and we have to think, we have to play the game.

“We have to pass the group stage first and that is our first ambition. Then it is thinking game by game, but always with the ambition that we can do more and better. We are on the right track.

“Morocco are one of the best teams in the world, I think it’s going to be a very difficult game in the World Cup. It will be a tactical game, waiting and no one will want to make a mistake.”

The 36-year-old also addressed his future with his national side, claiming he is fit and ready to continue representing his country.

He smiled:

“I’m fine. I will continue to play my part, trying to help the team, being available, giving my best as I always did until the today. That is my idea, to continue to help and to do the best I know.”

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