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Wayne Rooney talks to England manager Roy Hodgson  during a training session at the Urca military base in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Photograph:   Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney has hit out at claims he trained with England’s back-up players during training on Monday, insisting he was just putting in extra work ah(...)

 Uruguay  striker Luis Suarez talks on the phone at his team’s hotel in Sete Lagoas, near Belo Horizonte, on Monday. The Liverpool player says he is fully fit for Thursday’s game against England. Photograph:   Lavandeira Jr/EPA

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez says he is completely fit and ready to expose England’s “defensive deficiencies” in Sao Paulo on Thursday.Suarez sat out U(...)

Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell celebrates after scoring a goal against Uruguay during their World Cup Group D  match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters

Costa Rica 3 Uruguay 1 There are actually more Costa Ricans than Uruguayans in the world but in football terms, one is a giant and the other (...)

Costa Rica’s Oscar Duarte (left) heads  past Uruguay’s Christian Stuani (bottom left), Fernando Muslera and Diego Lugano (right)   at the Castelao Arena in Fortaleza. Photograph: Mike Blake / Reuters

Costa Rica 3 Uruguay 1Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer Luis Suarez could only sit and watch from the sidelines as Costa Rica’s shock 3-1 victory (...)

Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani goes for the ball during an international friendly  against Slovenia in Montevideo, earlier this month. Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters

Luis Suarez looks certain to sit out Uruguay’s World Cup Group D opener against Costa Rica tonight but in Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan the South Am(...)

Uruguay’s national soccer team pose for the official World Cup squad photo. Photograph: Reuters

Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is confident he will play at the World Cup as he makes a cautious return to fitness after knee surgery.The (...)

The hot favourites Brazil (as reported in the following day’s Irish Times), who were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, left-right: Barbosa, Augusto, Danilo, Juvenal, Bauer, Ademir, Zizinho, Jair, Chico, Friaca, Bigode. (Photograph: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

It was Zico, of all people, who turned to the elephant in the room and not only acknowledged it, but spread before it a sumptuous array of grass, leav(...)

Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani scored the first goal  against Slovenia in Montevideo. Photograph:  Andres Stapff/Reuters

Striker Edinson Cavani and substitute Christian Stuani scored to fire Uruguay to a 2-0 win over Slovenia in their final World Cup warmup at the Cente(...)

 Wayne Rooney happy with his form and positioning on the pitch. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Wayne Rooney could not care less about the critics who say he should be dropped from the England team.Rooney’s place in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI has(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, El Pistolero, love him or hate, he’s some player.  Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

Manager: Oscar Tabarez Best finish: Winners (1930, 1950) World Cup record: P 51, W 20, D 12, L 19 History Hosts of the first World (...)

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