Suarez: Hodgson comments annoyed me

Luis Suarez has said he wasn’t looking for revenge when Uruguay met England on Thursday in the World Cup but admitted he was fired up by comments from Roy Hodgson, the Guardian has reported.

Suarez scored both goals as the South Americans beat the Three Lions 2-1, leaving Hodgson’s side on the brink of elimination from the tournament. England need Italy to beat Costa Rica on Friday and the Uruguay in the last round of fixtures, and have to beat Costa Rica themselves at the same time.

Hodgson had said Suarez wasn’t a world class player yet and could only be considered so if he starred at the World Cup. “It wasn’t revenge, but in England they talked about the injury and the coach had words that annoyed [me],” Suarez said, according to a Uruguayan website.

“It was a difficult match against a difficult rival,” the Liverpool striker said after the match. “England are a strong team. But we have not qualified. We have to keep our feet on the ground.”

Suarez gave Uruguay a first-half lead, only for Wayne Rooney to equalise with his first ever World Cup goal. But Suarez netted a late second to give victory to Oscar Tabarez’s side.

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