Has Luis Suarez just increased England's odds of World Cup qualification?

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has claimed that he will be "100% fit" for Uruguay's meeting with England at the World Cup on Thursday.

The Reds striker underwent knee surgery last month and hasn't played since the final day of last season when the Anfield outfit beat Newcastle United 2-1.

Suarez's fitness has been the subject of fierce speculation, and the La Celeste forward was an unused substitute despite their 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica in their opening game in Brazil last Saturday.

However, he has now declared his fitness ahead of the game on Thursday, in a move that could spell bad news for Roy Hodgson's Three Lions.

Speaking to the BBC, Suarez said: "My feeling is very good. The operation, I know the process, and every day is different. The medical staff, they work very well and I'm trying my best to stay fit for the game."

"I know that in the first game [against Costa Rica] it was physical, but I am 100% for the second game."

The news will no doubt be seen as an unwanted development in the England camp, after watching Suarez plunder 31 goals for Liverpool last term to equal a record held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Suarez's exploits also seen him voted as the PFA and LMA Player of the Year, while he also scooped similar awards at Liverpool's own end-of-season in-house ceremony.

The 27-year-old won the Fans' and Players' Player of the Year awards, while also winning the club's Goal the Season accolade for his first strike against Norwich in December.

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