Suarez: I didn't mean to offend England squad

The Uruguay star said his two goals in Sao Paulo were motivated by critics who "laughed" at him over the years, but now insists the comments were "nothing personal"
Luis Suarez says comments about exacting revenge against England were "nothing personal" against the players.

The Uruguay striker scored two goals in Sao Paulo to effectively eliminate the Three Lions from the World Cup and told reporters afterwards he was motivated by those who "laughed" at him over recent years.

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But with five Liverpool team-mates in the England squad - not including new signing Rickie Lambert - Suarez has insisted he did not mean to offend.

"Even before the match, I had said I knew each of the players I would be playing against," he told Times of India.

"Some were my team-mates in Liverpool with whom I enjoy a healthy relationship and against the others, I had played regularly.

"But when we are competing we are ready to give our best for the country. They felt the same, tried to do the same. The only difference is, we won.

"It was nothing personal against any of them and I know it was the same for them, too. We wanted to win the match badly, especially after our defeat to Costa Rica. Thank God we could beat them."

Uruguay now face Italy on Tuesday for a place in the last 16, with Costa Rica securing their place by beating the Azzurri last week.

Despite his heroics against England, Suarez insists he and fellow headline act Mario Balotelli are not the sole focus.

"Uruguay will be playing against Italy. In a team game, it's absurd to say something like that. It's a team effort that makes the contest fascinating," said the Liverpool man when asked if the game was a clash of two stars.

"Individuals will make their contributions to see the team go through. It's football, not an individual sport. Mario has been a superb player and he will be keen to score against us while we shall be trying the same.

"Nobody expected us to be involved with Italy in the last group match as a final," he continued.

"The team that wins will go through and there is no scope for even little error. They are the giants of World Cup, and tend to play really well in such crunch matches."