Suarez ready to face England

  • Last Updated: June 16 2014, 20:51 BST

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez says he is completely fit and ready to expose England's "defensive deficiencies" in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Luis Suarez: Ready to take on England
Luis Suarez: Ready to take on England

Suarez sat out Uruguay's shock defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday due to a knee injury, but he is now back in full training and ready to face Roy Hodgson's men in their Group D clash.

It appears Suarez was not impressed by England's defending in their 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday and he hopes to puncture their back line when the two nations meet later this week.

"I know all the players in the England squad, I know some of them because they are team-mates or rivals," Suarez was quoted as saying by Uruguayan website

"They have defensive deficiencies and we can take advantage of them."

A knee injury that Suarez suffered on the final day of the season flared up in Uruguay's pre-World Cup training camp.

The 27-year-old had to have surgery on the knee but he insists there was never any doubt about his participation in the tournament.

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"At no moment did I think I would lose the chance of playing in the World Cup. I've never thought that during my recovery," said Suarez, who scored 27 Premier League goals last season.

"Now I am 100 per cent."

Suarez trained with his team-mates at Uruguay's base on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte on Monday.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez refused to say whether Suarez would definitely start against England, though.

"It is a possibility, I can say no more," Tabarez told a press conference.

Suarez, meanwhile, has told Uruguay supporters to keep the faith despite Saturday's 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.

"Keep believing in us," he said when asked to give a message to fans. "We want to give you a lift.

Uruguay will definitely be without defender Maximiliano Pereira for the England match as he was sent off at the end of the Costa Rica game.