Fowler says 'ridiculous' Hodgson comments on Suarez spurred him on

Hodgson made comments suggesting that Suarez wasn't a world class player prior to last night's game.

Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler has criticised England manager Roy Hodgson for his pre-match comments about Luis Suarez before England's crucial Group D clash with Uruguay.

Hodgson questioned whether Suarez was a truly world class player prior to the clash despite a terrific season for Liverpool where he scored 31 goals in 33 games in the Premier League.

The Three Lions boss said: "I think he will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage.

"You can be a great player in your league but for the world to recognise you are one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup."

Despite sustaining a meniscus injury and having keyhole surgery four weeks before last night's game with England, Suarez scored twice to put Hodgson's side on the brink of elimination as Uruguay won 2-1 in Sao Paulo - and Fowler told TalkSport that he thinks the comments will have spurred the Liverpool star on.

He said: "It was ridiculous for him to say Suarez is not world class. There was no need to say that.

“Have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo performed at a World Cup? No, they haven’t. They are still world class though.

“It was a ridiculous and that statement will have driven him, and the whole Uruguay team, on.”

Many people on social networking sites have pointed out the gaff made by Hodgson as the result now leaves England praying for two Italy wins in Group D for England to have any chance of progressing to the knock-out stages.

Hodgson probably wishes he had bitten his tongue and not made such comments prior to last night's encounter. 

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