Jun 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčArena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Uruguay
2-1
England
Suarez (39', 85')
Godin (9')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Rooney (75')
Gerrard (68')

Roy Hodgson: 'Luis Suarez has to perform at the World Cup'

 Manager Roy Hodgson of England looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014
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England boss Roy Hodgson believes that Luis Suarez has to produce his best form at the World Cup to be considered a world-class player.

England boss Roy Hodgson has expressed his belief that Luis Suarez has to perform at the World Cup to prove that he is a world-class player.

The 27-year-old underwent knee surgery two weeks ago after sustaining an injury at the end of the Premier League season, and as a result did not play in Uruguay's 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica in their Group D opener.

However, the Liverpool forward is expected to play against the Three Lions in their clash in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Hodgson told reporters: "I think he will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage. He has got the potential. He is he a wonderful footballer.

"But if you are really going to put him up there with [Diego] Maradona, Pele, [Franz] Beckenbauer and [Johan] Cruyff, and [Andrea] Pirlo, this is the stage you have got to do it on really.

"You can be a great player in your league but for the world to recognise you are one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup."

Suarez fired Liverpool to Champions League football next season as he scored 31 goals in 33 games for the Reds in the last campaign.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez celebrates scoring for Uruguay at the World Cup against Mexico on June 22, 2010.
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