Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani says his side are out to prove themselves in their decisive World Cup matchup against England on Thursday.
With Uruguay coming off a humbling 3-1 loss to Costa Rica and England a 2-1 defeat to Italy in their respective opening games, both teams know gifting three points to their Group D rivals could well spell the end of their tournament, and Cavani believes his team will be extra motivated as a result.
‘From my point of view, it’s normal that you want to defend yourself and the way the world views you,’ he said. ‘Tomorrow is an opportunity to prove to everyone that we want to overcome the situation we have found ourselves in. In our heads we are focusing on the game against England.’
Having missed the Costa Rica match, Luis Suarez’s return from injury will be a massive boost to Uruguay’s chances, after a season in which the Liverpool star scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League games, winning both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards in the process.
His strike-partner Cavani meanwhile netted 25 times in 43 appearances across all competitions for Ligue 1 big-spenders PSG, after a lucrative €64.5 million move last summer.
The prolific frontman however has found himself regularly linked with a move to England over the past half-year, with Manchester United said to be leading the race for his £56 million signature, as incoming-manager Louis van Gaal prepares an overhaul at Old Trafford.
Boasting 140 caps and 61 goals for La Celeste between them, Cavani’s formidable pairing with Suarez up top in manager Oscar Tabarez’s lineup will no doubt leave England centre-backs Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka with an extremely tough task on their hands in Sao Paulo.