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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Jun 23, 2014

Luis Suarez: English press fired me up

ESPN FC's Leonardo Bertozzi discusses the changes head coach Cesare Prandelli will be making ahead of Italy's final Group D game against Uruguay.

Luis Suarez has said he felt under attack from the English media ahead of Uruguay's 2-1 World Cup win over England on Thursday.

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Suarez was the difference in the Group D clash, scoring the two goals that knocked the Three Lions out of the tournament.

The Liverpool striker claimed after the game that "too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years" -- apparently referring to incidents that saw him found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra and banned for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

And Suarez, who was voted PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers' Association Player of the Year last season, also said criticism in the build-up to the match had also angered him.

"What happened before the match‚ I did not want to attack anybody, only some of the media started making fun of me and you are in the media. You should know what happened and why they did that to me," he was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

"You should know what happened, and I think it was nothing more than the papers -- because everybody knows that I was elected the best player of the year, even the people in the Premier League voted for me."

It is unclear exactly what Suarez was referring to in his latest comments, with criticism from the English media having waned as he put his troubles behind him last season.

In September, he completed his 10-match suspension for biting Ivanovic and scored 31 goals as Liverpool finished Premier League runners-up to Manchester City, while he claimed the two major domestic Footballer of the Year awards.

The 27-year-old recovered from a knee injury to sink England, and said: "I was not really 100 percent fit and sometimes this turns around.

"I was, the other day, really at the limits of my physical capacity, and for the last match at Liverpool, I was full of cramps and I was tired. But of course you have a certain experience and you can build yourself up for the next assignment. This is what I am doing.

"The knee feels good. I think it's in perfect shape, but when you have surgery you need some time to see the reaction. Having played so much of the England game and been the object of so much attention‚ if the knee didn't feel good I would have told the coach. But I am cool right now.

"We know what is at stake [in the final group game against Italy, with both teams on three points] and we know that we have to qualify. Both teams will want to win and it will be a lovely game to play."

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