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Suarez: Uruguay can hurt England

ESPN staff
May 20, 2014
Suarez hoping to repeat 1950 success

Luis Suarez has fired a warning to Roy Hodgson ahead of the World Cup by insisting Uruguay know just how to hurt England.

The two sides face each other in Group D on June 19 at the Arena de Sao Paulo with Suarez set to lead Uruguay's attack.

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After three and a half years in the Premier League with Liverpool, Suarez is more than familiar with Hodgson's squad - not least his Anfield team-mates Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson - and feels he knows where England's weak spots lie.

"They have very good players that are in form and that are part of the big teams," said Suarez.

"Most of the players come from the big names of the Premier League and that means a lot. But we also know that they have some troubles and we know we can hurt them."

The last time the World Cup was held in Brazil, Uruguay would go on to lift the trophy in 1950 and Suarez feels he and his team-mates can take inspiration from that triumph.

"It is clear that Uruguay knows the meaning of a World Cup in Brazil," he added.

"It is more important because of what happened in the past but now we are living in the present.

"Brazil eliminated us in the Confederations Cup last year and it was not fair because I think we played better. But that's football and sometimes despite playing a great game, you can't always win.

"We realise that the World Cup in Brazil motivates us a lot because all the things that we have experienced in the past."

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