Sunderland boss Poyet believes his native Uruguay will be a World Cup match for England

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet

GUS Poyet believes Uruguay will be a force to be reckoned with at next summer’s World Cup after the South Americans were paired with England in the group stages of the competition.

Roy Hodgson’s side were today handed a daunting draw for the summer’s tournament in Brazil, with England facing Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D.

The Sunderland head coach, who won 26 caps for Uruguay, says his homeland will provide a stern test after finishing fourth at the 2010 World Cup, winning the 2011 Copa America and a fourth spot at last summer’s Confederations Cup.

Poyet said today: “We have to try to be the team we’ve been in the previous World Cup, the Copa America and the Confederations Cup - a very difficult team to play against.

“When you create that feeling in the opposition, there’s a great chance to win football games.

“The group has been together for a while and it’s very strong.

“There’s a saying in England that you’re only as good as your two strikers.

“In Uruguay, we’ve got (Liverpool’s Luis) Suarez and (Paris St Germain’s Edinson) Cavani so we’ve got a chance.”

Ahead of the draw, Poyet was asked this afternoon about his feelings if Uruguay were drawn against England and he admitted he would struggle to stay impartial.

“It will be a nightmare because everyone will ask me about it!” he joked.

“But in the World Cup you could end up playing against anyone.

“I would try not to be, but I will be biased for sure!”