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World Cup Preview: Suarez to play for Uruguay? All England expects

June 19, 2014 12:55 IST

World Cup Preview: Suarez to play for Uruguay? All England expects

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England expect to face an added danger with a Luis Suarez comeback for Uruguay in World Cup Group D on Thursday even if coach Oscar Tabarez has not confirmed his country’s top scorer for the match in Sao Paulo.

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Suarez, who had knee surgery a month ago, missed Uruguay’s shock 3-1 defeat by Costa Rica on Saturday which has left them and England, beaten 2-1 by Italy, with a virtual do-or-die clash to keep their qualifying hopes alive.

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Image: Luis Suarez of Uruguay, left, signals to team mates during a training session
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Better defence will decide the outcome

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England coach Roy Hodgson has given no hint of where he will play striker Wayne Rooney and captain Steven Gerrard said he believes the better defence will decide the outcome.

Uruguay will be short of two experienced defenders, injured captain Diego Lugano and suspended right back Maxi Pereira, while England forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed a fitness test on his knee.

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Image: Wayne Rooney
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Gutierrez will be looking for more goals

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Colombia striker Teofilo Gutierrez will be looking for more goals to help his team go through from Group C when they meet Ivory Coast in Brasilia after scoring in the 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday.

The Ivorians have made the best start among the African sides having beaten Japan 2-1 with substitute Didier Drogba changing the dynamics of the game when he came on with his team a goal down.

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Image: Teofilo Gutierrez of Colombia,left, celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Cristian Zapata against Greece at Estadio Mineirao on June 14
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Japan meet Greece in Natal with both needing to bounce back from defeats and the Japanese again looking to Keisuke Honda to create chances or give them the lead as he did in the first match.


Image: Shinji Kagawa runs during a Japan training session at Arena Pernambuco
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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