World Cup 2014: England Boss Dares Uruguay's Liverpool Striker to 'Show Up'

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By Mark Wayne Eubank | June 16, 2014 8:39 PM EST

England boss Roy Hodgson dared Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to "show up," ahead of the two countries' World Cup clash on Thursday.

The Liverpool man did not take part in their opening game 3-1 loss against Costa Rica due to concerns over his knee, but may feature against the Three Lions.

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Uruguay's Suarez reacts on the bench after their team conceded a goal to Costa Rica during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza

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"You can be a great player in your league but to be recognised as one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup," said the former Inter Milan manager.

"He has got the potential. He is a wonderful footballer."

Perhaps it is just Hodgson's way of putting pressure on Suarez, who enjoyed a spectacular 2013/14 season with the Merseyside outfit, tallying 31 goals and 12 assists, and more importantly, helping them get back to the Champions League.

"If you are really going to put him up there with (Diego) Maradona, Pele, (Franz) Beckenbauer and (Johan) Cruyff and (Andrea) Pirlo, this is the stage you have got to do it on," he added.

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Uruguay's Suarez reacts on the bench after their team conceded a goal to Costa Rica during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match at the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza
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