Roy: Suarez will face England

Roy Hodgson says he expects Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to return from injury to face England in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

Both teams lost their opening fixtures in Group D and desperately need three points in this second round of games.

Suarez, who scored 31 goals in 33 games for Liverpool last season, has been fighting his way back to fitness following knee surgery - having been injured on the final day of the Premier League season in May.

And looking ahead to the Uruguay clash, manager Hodgson said: "We believe Suarez will come back and that will be a big boost for them, not just as a player but as a sort of confidence booster for the whole team.

"Of course we would like to think that as a team we can keep him quiet but I'm sure he's got other ideas.

"We know how good he is. We know what he can do and our players will have to make certain, like they do when they play against Liverpool, that they deal with it."

And Hodgson is wary of his talismanic qualities, by adding: "We saw (Diego) Maradona do it with Napoli all those years ago.

"Napoli had never won anything serious in Italy then suddenly Maradona pitches up and they become champions of Italy and they won the UEFA Cup too.

"He does all the things you want a top player to do. So all we can do is make certain our defence is compact and we make it difficult for him in terms of not giving him space and the chance to do the things he wants to do.

"His return will be a big boost for them. He plays all along the front line. He makes runs behind defenders, he comes off and gets the ball short."