Suarez: Uruguay must respect England's young guns

The Liverpool striker praised Leighton Baines and Wayne Rooney, though he believes Roy Hodgson's side still have weaknesses in defence that he can take advantage of
Luis Suarez believes that Uruguay must be careful when they take on England at the World Cup despite the Three Lions' inexperienced squad.

Suarez, who is recovering from a knee operation and is hopeful of playing a full part in Brazil, could come face-to-face with a number of his Premier League counterparts when Uruguay face Roy Hodgson's side in Sao Paulo on June 19.

And he feels that the youthful nature of Hodgson's squad will give them an extra edge during the tournament, though he still feels they have issues in defence.

"England have a nice mix of experience of youth this time. In previous years there were players who were maybe a bit past their best," he told The Guardian.

"Now there are players coming through with hunger to succeed. We have to be very careful.

"But, they do have weaknesses at the back and I know what they are. I won't be saying that in the paper but in the Uruguay squad I will."

Though the Liverpool striker believes there are issues in England's back line, he also feels that left-back Leighton Baines is one of the better players in Hodgson's squad.

The Everton defender has caught Suarez's eye and feels that he could prove a pivotal figure when the two sides meet.

"Baines is a player I like a lot. His focus is more defensive than attacking but he has got the best left foot in the Premier League.

"He's spectacular. He has a lot of quality, he strikes the ball very well and, with good players around him, England can benefit from that. We have to be very careful."

Suarez has also noted speculation surrounding the form of Wayne Rooney within the media, but he feels the Manchester United striker will be able to thrive with more responsibility on his shoulders.

"Rooney has that will to win and this is a good chance for him. I read Hodgson saying that people were piling responsibility onto him.

"It is good that he has the responsibility but not pressure. He has a lot of good players around him."

The World Cup offers Suarez the chance to come face-to-face with a number of his team-mates from Anfield, with Rickie Lambert's transfer to the Merseyside outfit meaning there are now six representatives from Brendan Rodgers' side in the England squad.

And the 27-year-old admits he was pleased to see his club-mates gain recognition for their fine showings in the Premier League.

"A World Cup is always different but my team-mates are playing very well and they could play a similar role for England as they have for Liverpool.

"I was particularly pleased when I heard that Raheem [Sterling] and Jordan [Henderson] were in the squad.

"A year ago there were some people who didn't rate them and now, because they played so well this season, they've been called up."