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Duo Ready For Uruguay Test

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka say Uruguay's attacking threat should come as no surprise to England in Sao Paulo tonight.
 
The Everton defenders are busy preparing for their vital meeting in Group D.
 
Much of the media build-up has centred on the potency La Celeste possess in their forward line of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan.
 
But Baines insists such quality is no less than you expect when performing on football's grandest stage.
 
He told evertontv: "You expect it. You go to a World Cup and you're going to get tough games and come up against the best players.
 
"It's par for the course really.
 
"I don't know if Uruguay are dark horses as such because they've got good players who people know and know their qualities. It's a competition running over a couple of weeks and if you're in good form, you've got a chance."
 
Suarez was last season's top scorer in the Premier League, but is yet to be involved in Brazil after recent knee surgery.
 
The forward is tipped to feature against England, however, and Jagielka is relishing the challenge.
 
"This is the tournament you want to be in," the Blues skipper told evertonfc.com. "There's not many teams who will give you an easy afternoon.

"You're going to come across superstars in every game and the strikers always get the headlines - but there are fantastic players in other positions too.
 
"We've had a close look at Suarez this season and he's had a fantastic year. But hopefully, from an England point of view, he won't be 100 per cent."

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