Jun 18, 2014

    '100% fit' Suarez to exploit England flaws


    LUIS Suarez has declared himself "100 per cent fit" to start Uruguay's critical World Cup group game against England and has pinpointed defensive deficiencies he feels the South Americans can exploit when the teams meet in Sao Paulo tomorrow.

    The Liverpool forward, who was an unused substitute in Saturday's defeat by Costa Rica, is available for his team's second game, having recovered from keyhole surgery to repair damage suffered to the meniscus in his left knee last month.

    England had been braced to confront Suarez regardless, but the striker's desperation to make an impact for Oscar Tabarez's team and revive his nation's campaign is now clear, with Uruguay to tap into his knowledge of the English back-line as they prepare for a pivotal fixture.

    "I was looking forward to getting involved and I wanted to help (against Costa Rica). But maybe it was better I didn't, because fate could have played a trick on me and set me back again," Suarez said.

    "But I've done everything I had to do. I haven't missed a day of recovery time and I'm 100 per cent fit, otherwise I wouldn't be here.

    "I'm training with the team again and I feel (I am) in good condition. I never lost the joy and the desire and I never thought I was going to lose out on playing in the World Cup because of injury.

    "I know all the players in the England team, either as teammates at Liverpool or as rivals at other clubs in the Premier League. They have defensive weaknesses that we can exploit, but I'm not going to tell the media how we will do so.

    "We have to play our own way, in our own style, if we are going to progress. But trust in us. No one wants us to go forward in the tournament more than we do as a team."

    Uruguay share England's desperation to make amends for their opening defeat to put themselves back in contention to emerge from the group. West Bromwich Albion defender Diego Lugano described the forthcoming fixture as "life or death".

    "We're up against two of the best in the world now (England and Italy) and it's an enormous challenge," he said.