England boss Roy Hodgson believes Luis Suarez still has to prove himself before he can be considered a world class player.

Luis Suarez has been in brilliant form for Liverpool last season, scoring 31 goals, winning the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, Barclays Premier League Player of the Year, Barclays Premier League Golden boot Winner and European Golden Boot award, but Hodgson is still not impressed by the Liverpool star striker. Hodgson was asked if he thinks Suarez belonged in the same ‘world-class’ bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hodgson said: “I think he will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage.

“If you are saying, ‘Do I think he has got the potential? Is he a wonderful footballer?’ Yes, he sure is.

“But if you are really going to put him up there with Maradona, Pele, Beckenbauer and Cryuff, then you might even argue that Messi needs to have that sort of tournament to get up there with the legends of football.

Andrea Pirlo was challenging that category. He has done it time and time again, shown what a wonderful footballer he is because this is the stage you have got to do it on really.

“Being a great player in your league will get you lots of plaudits, but for the world to recognise you are one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup.”

Its amazing that Hodgson gets it wrong once again and this shows his lack of knowledge. Suarez has done it in the World Cup, also has scored more goals than Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney in fewer games. Suarez has scored three goals in just six world cup games, Messi has two in nine games, Ronaldo has scored twice in ten games and Rooney is yet to score in a World Cup fixture. 

Luis Suarez underwent surgery on the meniscus in his left knee on May 22, but is determined to start against England after he missed Uruguay‘s surprise 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday. Recently, Suarez revealed he is excited to come up against his Anfield teammates when England meet Uruguay on June 19.

“I saw reports saying that I had told the Liverpool players I would make it for the game against England, for sure,” he told The Guardian.

“But I didn’t say that. The day of the operation I exchanged messages with Stevie [Gerrard] and Glen [Johnson]. They said: ‘Hope to see you in Brazil’. And I said: ‘Yeah, see you there’. That’s not exactly the same thing. I never said I’d definitely be there.

“I’ve already told Gerrard that we’ll swap shirts. And Glen will ask for my shirt, I’m sure. Maybe Daniel [Sturridge] and Raheem [Sterling] will as well. I’ll take a few with me,” added Suarez, who hopefully will take an extra one as he forgot to mention another Liverpool teammate in midfielder Jordan Henderson.

“When we played Holland in 2010 [he was suspended for the semi-final having being sent off for saving with his hands a goalbound effort by Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah in the quarter-final], I was at Ajax and had friends in their team,” he said.

“I had to tell the kit man I needed five shirts. Although I didn’t play, they still wanted my shirt; they have the date and the match stitched into them, so it’s a nice reminder of the match. So, yes, I’ll swap shirts. I’m not sure I’ll actually put it on though!”


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