FABRICIO Coloccini admits he can forget about going to the World Cup with Argentina - unless he finds form at Newcastle United.
Coloccini says it’s his “dream” to play in the summer’s finals in Brazil.
But the defender has work do to for his club in the last six games of the Premier League before he can think about a recall for his country.
Coloccini was last called up by Argentina in September.
However, Newcastle’s long-serving captain suffered a groin injury in training, and didn’t feature for his country.
The 32-year-old, who had another spell out earlier this year with a knee problem, know he must find form - and quickly - if he is to have any chance of making Alejandro Sabella’s World Cup squad.
And United manager Alan Pardew - whose side were hammered 4-0 by Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium last weekend - needs Coloccini at his best.
“Of course, I think about the World Cup,” Coloccini said.
“But I’m focused here, because if I’m not playing well for Newcastle United, I can’t go to the World Cup.
“The World Cup is my dream, but I have to do well here.”
Coloccini - who was set to lead Newcastle against Manchester United at St James’s Park this afternoon - has been repeatedly linked with moves away from the club over the past 18 months.
Pardew wants to keep him at St James’s Park beyond this season.
But Coloccini – who has another two years on his contract – said last month that he is only focused on the club’s remaining league games.
The former Deportivo La Coruna player, signed in the summer of 2008, has pledged to give his all between now and the end of the campaign.
Coloccini says he doesn’t want to have any regrets after the last ball is kicked.
“When you give everything, and you play well, you can relax on your holidays,” he said.
“But if you don’t play, or maybe you don’t work hard, then you think ‘I could have done better’ on your holidays.”