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

Team News: Uruguay's Luis Suarez to start against England in crucial World Cup match

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will start for Uruguay against England in Thursday's crucial World Cup match, less than a month after undergoing knee surgery.

Luis Suarez will start for Uruguay against England in Thursday's crucial World Cup Group D match.

The Liverpool forward, who scored 31 Premier League goals last season, had been a doubt having not played since undergoing surgery knee surgery last month.

He did not feature, even as a substitute, in Uruguay's opening 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica, but is named as strike partner to Edinson Cavani for tonight's meeting with the Three Lions.

Suarez replaces Diego Forlan and is one of four changes made by Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez, who is without captain Diego Lugano due to injury and suspended defender Maxi Pereira in Sao Paulo.

Walter Gargano also drops out, as Suarez, Jose Gimenez, Alvaro Pereira and Nicolas Lodeiro come in.

England are expected to be unchanged from the side that narrowly lost 2-1 to Italy in Manaus, although Wayne Rooney could be deployed in a central role, with Raheem Sterling shifted to the wing.

Uruguay: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira; Gonzalez, Arevalo Rios, Lodeiro, Rodriguez; Cavani, Suarez

Uruguay pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014© Getty Images

England: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson; Welbeck, Rooney, Sterling; Sturridge

England pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014© Getty Images

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