Suarez calls for Uruguay fans to remain calm ahead of England match

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has urged fans to remain calm as they prepare for a crunch clash with England on Thursday.

A surprise defeat to Costa Rica in their opening match – which Suarez sat out as he continues his recuperation from minor knee surgery last month – has left the South Americans in real danger of not qualifying for the knockout stages.

Suarez is likely to play against England, who also need a victory after their defeat to Italy, and has promised to do his utmost to get that vital win.

"It’s been a hard couple of days because of the defeat to Costa Rica," said the Liverpool striker in a video message on – for whom he is a global ambassador.

"I want to thank you for all the support we received these (last few) days and to tell you to stay calm, we’re going to give our best against England.

"And trust us, we’re the first who want to move forward."