Hodgson: Suarez has plenty to prove
16 June 2014, 11:26
Sao Paulo - England manager Roy Hodgson says that Uruguay striker Luis Suarez needs to prove himself more on the international stage before he can be considered one of the greats of the game.
The Liverpool ace has claimed many plaudits for his performances in the Premier League, scoring 27 times for the Reds last season as the Merseyside outfit only narrowly missed out on breaking their 24-year long league title drought.
However, Hodgson believes that Suarez has not shown enough in big international clashes to justify being categorized as world class alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I think he will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage," said Hodgson.
"He has got the potential. He is a wonderful footballer. But 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 really.
"You can be a great player in your league but for the world to recognise you are one of the all-time greats you have got to do it at the World Cup."
Suarez is facing a race against time to be fit for Uruguay's second World Cup fixture when they take on the Three Lions on Thursday.
- TEAMtalk Media