England ‘are too nice, should just kick Luis Suarez’

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Well, simple advice is usually the easiest to take on board. England have been instructed to kick Luis Suarez as a means of keeping him quiet at the World Cup.

The suggestion comes from fellow Uruguayan and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet ahead of the Group D clash on June 19.

The double Footballer of the Year looks set to recover from his knee operation in time for the big match and, as he proved at the last World Cup, will do just about anything to win himself.

So it is therefore completely understandable that Poyet is recommending that England stick the boot in to keep the Uruguayan star subdued.

"You need to forget he’s your team-mate and you need to kick him," Poyet told The Sun.

“The attitude of Uruguayans is: ‘I’m not going to accept you’re better than me, that I lose’.

"Whatever it is, to stop you, to win the game. Yeah we do that, and we are proud of that.

"Do you want to win the game more than me? You’ve got no chance — I will do more than you to win.

"Are England too nice, do they need to get tougher? Yeah."

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Suarez was, of course, the villain in 2010 after he handled the ball on the line in the last minute of Uruguay's extraordinary extra-time win over Ghana in the quarter-finals.

Poyet, who is an ITV pundit for the World Cup, said that Uruguay are not averse to doing whatever it takes to ensure that they come out on top.

"I know that for you a handball on the goal line is cheating," he said. "It’s not for us. It’s part of the game.

"It’s part of the game like if I’m the last man and I pull your shirt and you go down and I get sent off — is that cheating? No it’s not cheating.

"I know the Suarez handball was massive in England. But we thought, ‘Why?’ He saved it. He was sent off. It was a penalty.

"It is all about football in Uruguay. In Argentina they are good at other sports as well.

"And you know the discussion going on all over the world that you cannot make kids of seven or eight play to win because they need to enjoy the game? In Uruguay you need to win at six. I tried to change that.

"I went to Uruguay for two years and was the chairman of a big organisation of children from five to 13 and I tried to convince them to not be so crazy about winning," he added.

"How much did I succeed? Nothing. It is not in our culture."

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