Liverpool striker Luis Suarez watched on helplessly as Uruguay stumbled to a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Costa Rica on Saturday.
It was La Celeste’s opening game of the 2014 World Cup finals, one which they were expected to win despite the absence of Suarez.
Uruguay took the lead through Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani from the penalty spot on 24 minutes at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, but the Central Americans staged a second-half comeback led by Arsenal forward Joel Campbell.
Suarez has been recovering from knee surgery that he underwent last month and warmed up in the second half against Costa Rica.
However, the 27-year-old did not come on as a substitute and bitterly watched his teammates struggle in the second 45 minutes and slump to a 3-1 defeat.
The game against England in Sao Paulo on Thursday is now a must-win for Uruguay, and Suarez is ready for it.
In a video for 888poker.com, the former Ajax striker gave a very heartfelt message to his countrymen, assuring that he and his teammates will give their all against the Three Lions and will go on the attack right from the start.
England also suffered a defeat in their opening game in Brazil, going down 2-1 to Italy in Manaus on Saturday.
However, the performance of Roy Hodgson’s players against the 2006 World Cup winners was very encouraging, as the players looked creative, spirited and lively.
The clash between England and Uruguay on Thursday promises to be one of the most interesting in Brazil yet.