Sturridge Ready For 'Do Or Die' Game Against Uruguay

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  • Daniel Sturridge says he remains "hungry and confident" ahead of England's crucial second Group D match against Uruguay on Thursday.

    The Liverpool striker said that he will do whatever he can to ensure England do not suffer an early World Cup exit, Sturridge having scored during the 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday in Manaus.

    "I'm going to do anything in my power to win", Sturridge said. "I'm talking anything. I'm serious. I'm prepared to do anything to win this next game. It's do or die. It's a World Cup."

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    Uruguay meanwhile sit bottom of the group and also in desperate need of a win after losing 3-1 to underdogs Costa Rica last Saturday.

    Their captain Diego Lugano labeled the tie against England as 'life or death' for their World Cup chances, adding: "Now we're united again. Our faith is intact. We mustn't lose our heads.

    "The English players are fast and strong. That demands a lot of the defenders."

    Sturridge will face his Liverpool strike partner Luis Suarez in Thursday's game, after the latter admitted he will be fit to play following his recovery from knee surgery.

    "I'm 100%, otherwise I wouldn't be here," said Suarez, who scored 31 league goals in 2013/14. "I feel in good condition. I never thought I would miss the World Cup."

    Although prepared to do almost anything for victory, Sturridge said that England will respect their opposition on Thursday, Uruguay having famously defeated Ghana in the 2010 World Cup quarter finals after Suarez punched away a certain game-winning goal.

    "We're an honest country and go about our business in an honest way," he said. "No disrespect to other countries, but we play within the laws of the game. We don't bend the rules. We play by the book."

    England and Uruguay kick off at 8pm in Sao Paulo on Thursday evening, the match shown live on ITV1. Click here to compare betting odds for England in the 2014 World Cup.

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