Watch out England, Suarez is ready

Watch out England, Suarez is ready
Former Liverpool star Luis Suarez will start training with his new Barcelona team-mates after getting the green light from the Court of Arbitration for Sport

GROUP D

URUGUAY v ENGLAND

(Friday, 3am, SingTel mio TV Ch 141; StarHub TV Ch 223)

Luis Suarez was born to be wild.

The cannibal of Ajax and the biter of Branislav is ready to sink his teeth into England.

The Three Lions have every reason to be fearful of a horror show; a rude awakening from a nightmare in the Sao Paulo stadium.

Suarez has declared himself fit to play in the kind of match he was made for.

The Uruguayan striker revels in the wings of the great football theatres, cackling maniacally in the shadows before strutting to centre stage, soaking up the hisses and boos from the crowd.

If Lionel Messi is South America's superstar, then Suarez is its Death Star; designed to kill with no remorse. He's an assassin with a buck-toothed smile.

Not only will he have no regrets if he shoots down his Liverpool team-mates in their do-or-die clash at the Arena Corinthians stadium here in Sao Paolo, he will also cherish their humiliation, revel in the moment.

If the Englishmen were mad dogs in the twilight sun, he would positively rub their noses in it.

Roy Hodgson's jittery men are facing Suarez at his most unpredictable, with restless feet and something to prove; a killer with an itchy trigger finger.

Gary Cahill lost Mario Balotelli in the Group D opener against Italy in Manaus. He might be filling out Suarez's name on a missing person's list in Sao Paulo.

Fair weather will now be England's friend, with the temperature expected to be a cool, breezy 20-deg C, some 10-deg C lower than the meltdown in Manaus. Rain is even predicted, which could give Sao Paulo the springtime air of Southampton on the final day of the Premier League season.

Whether the weather is hot or cold, however, Suarez is desperate to rain on England's shaky parade. The 27-year-old dictates global events with the megalomaniacal relish of a cartoonish Bond villain.

He eagerly put his hand up to play the role in South Africa four years ago, blocking Dominic Adiyiah's goal-bound header in extra time of the quarter-final against Ghana.

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