Liverpool star wanted to avoid England World Cup clash

Liverpool's goal machine Luis Suarez has admitted that he didn't want to face England at next summer's World Cup.

The Uruguayan hitman will be the driving force of Oscar Tabarez's side in Brazil, and with the draw pairing them with England, Italy and Costa Rica, the 26 year old will now face off against some of his club team mates, including Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge.

And the prospect of facing his domestic colleagues is one that Suarez was hoping wouldn't come to fruition, as the former Ajax striker will now have to put his Anfield friendships behind him when the two nations meet in Sao Paulo on June 19th.

“Before the draw I hoped we would not face England,” the forward said. “When it said we would face England it was unbelievable for me.

“Italy, Uruguay, England: they all have good players. I think it’s more difficult at the World Cup, it will be very, very difficult. But I think in the World Cup if you want to win, then in every game you must concentrate, and you must focus against every country.”

Alongside Edinson Cavani, Suarez will form a dangerous duo that will give Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka nightmares in the heart of the England defence. When England were drawn with Uruguay, almost every England fan's first thought turned to how they could possibly stop Suarez, who has already scored a staggering 17 goals this season for Liverpool.

Truth be told, England probably didn't want to face Suarez either.

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