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The Liverpool skipper is convinced that the Three Lions will worry a "beatable" Celeste side on Thursday and singles out the "fearless" Raheem Sterling for particular praise

England captain Steven Gerrard is convinced that his side will worry Uruguay if they can attack with the same intensity that they showed against Italy.

The Three Lions were defeated in their World Cup opener against the Azzurri, though delivered an encouraging performance, while the Celeste slumped to a shock defeat against Costa Rica.

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The two sides meet on Thursday in Sao Paulo, both needing victory, and the Liverpool midfielder is optimistic about his team's chances against a Uruguay side who could be without Luis Suarez, though he is keen to tighten up at the back.

"I was shocked by the result - I expected Uruguay to beat Costa Rica," Gerrard told the press. "They have really good firepower up front but we saw on Saturday that they are certainly beatable. They concede goals and, if we attack like we did against Italy, we will cause Uruguay big, big problems.

"The key is to look back on what's happened, see what we got right but also see where we went wrong [against Italy].

"We conceded two goals and we have to look at them. They created problems for us on our left side on a few occasions and we will have to look at that.

"We've got to dust ourselves down as quickly as possible and bounce back. We've got two big games and, if we take six points, we are going through."

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Raheem Sterling shone for the Three Lions in Manaus and was praised by his Liverpool skipper, who believes that the 19-year-old represents the future of English football.

"He is fearless. That's the way he plays. That's his character," the veteran enthused.

"He doesn't worry about opponents. He just goes out and does the best he can and, for his first start in a major tournament, there were flashes of positivity.

"He's a big player for the future. The manager showed bravery putting the young lads in, giving them a good go, and that's the future of this England team - all the young talent in the dressing room."