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Can England stop Luis Suarez?

England face Uruguay in their second match in the World Cup and will have to stop Liverpool forward Luis Suarez to win the game.

Eleven Premier League sides could not stop Luis Suarez, a five-match suspension could not stop Suarez, and it seems that a meniscus knee injury won’t stop Suarez. So if the Uruguayan talisman does face Roy Hodgson’s England in Brazil, just how does the Three Lions manager stop him from creating and scoring goals?

Could the strong Liverpool contingent stop Suarez? Steven Gerrard knows his game inside out and also plays in the defensive midfield role. But Gerrard is 34 years of age and celebrated his birthday with a comfortable 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley on Friday. Could he really man-mark his Liverpool teammate as well as conduct England’s attacks? It seems a monumental task.

What about Jordan Henderson? He is fast, has got plenty of stamina, plays in the deeper midfield role and also knows Suarez’s game inside out. However, since Suarez can play out wide, Henderson could be brought out of position, leaving the middle of the pitch open where Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani will surely operate.

Maybe England's formation could be the answer. Suarez needs holes in behind the defence or the midfield. Why don’t England play like Chelsea and ‘park two buses’? It could work, but to win, the Three Lions may have to rely on a Diego Godin slip - a goalless draw may not be enough in a group that also has Italy and Costa Rica.

Stephen Hawking has formulated how England can win the World Cup, suggesting that the 1966 winners should play in a 4-3-3 formation and wear red. This probably wouldn’t stop Suarez either.

Finally, Hodgson could listen to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and ‘play like Liverpool’. By this, he probably means play attacking, fluid and exciting football, but one could interpret this as have a ‘score more than the opposition’ mentality. That way England don’t have to worry about Suarez.

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