Forlan and Cavani: Uruguayan pedigree can see off England

Oscar Tabarez's men face a real fight to qualify from Group D after a shock defeat to Costa Rica but the strike duo are confident they have what it takes to beat the Three Lions
Uruguay strikers Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani believe the team's fighting spirit can rescue their World Cup campaign.

La Celeste were shocked in their Group D opener, going down 3-1 to Costa Rica, and are left with little margin for error against England in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

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But it is a scenario Uruguay are more than familiar with, having come through inter-continental play-offs to reach their past three World Cups.

"We have gone through a lot and have always survived,” Cavani told

"Play-offs, difficult matches, extreme situations – and here we are. This generation has won almost everything and knows how to do so."

The bulk of the squad that reached the semi-finals in South Africa four years ago and went on to claim 2011 Copa America glory remain together, and Forlan believes this could also be a factor in Uruguay's favour.

“Of course it won't be easy but this team has been together for a long time and we know what we're capable of,” said the 35-year-old.

"We have to do our work on the pitch, play as we know [we can], and I believe that will be sufficient to achieve the results we need.”