The Liverpool star with the perfect World Cup attitude - not Suarez

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An Englishman has demonstrated an attribute that could be key to England's progression in the tournament.

Consensus opinion surrounding Luis Suarez has u-turned in the space of one year.

Last season, the Uruguayan attracted fervent criticism due to his vampiric chomp on the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. This, just one year after embroiling himself in a racial scandal.

The transfer period last summer was not much better as the Liverpool star was banned from the first team after he, to borrow a phrase from Brendan Rodgers, "disrespected the club" after apparently seeking an exit amid Arsenal's interest in him after the Reds had stood by him  through all the controversies.

One record-equaling season later, where he joined Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo as the striker to score the most goals in a single Premier League campaign (31 goals) and Suarez is now almost a media darling.

Part of that turnaround is down to the man management of Rodgers, but also down to Suarez himself as he continued a long displayed trait that can enamour the British public - an unrelenting work ethic.

If he translated that to the international stage, he could be a star of the World Cup, but he could be joined by his strike partner at club level - Daniel Sturridge - touted by Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola to be one of three England stars who have displayed "Spanish style skills" of late.

"I'm very excited," said the Englishman, who has netted thrice from ten senior level outings with the Three Lions, to The Mirror.

"I'm one of those players who wait their whole careers to have this opportunity to go to a World Cup - I'm looking forward to it.

"I'm looking forward to the training camps just as much as playing the first game. I'm going to soak up everything and be like a sponge when I'm out there, and just take everything in."

Unlike previous international tournament summers, there is little media hype surrounding this group of Englishmen. Selected by Roy Hodgson, a provisional squad jetted out to Portugal on Monday to begin camp and, thus far, expectations remain tempered - with most simply hoping for group progression.

Should there have been pressure from the press, then it could have encumbered some of the athletes.

"It's important for me and the other players to understand that it's a great occasion and to embrace it," Sturridge continued. "I don't feel there should be any form of pressure on us. It should be about enjoyment and about playing with smiles on our faces. I'm doing cartwheels and front-flips inside, but I'm not going to show it."

Here's hoping the fans get as much enjoyment out of their performances as they do, but if Sturridge and friends play with the freedom they do for their respective clubs, then we should be in for entertainment.

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