Poyet: England are too nice

Gus Poyet has warned England to expect Uruguay to try all the tricks in the book when they meet at the World Cup later this month.

Last Updated: 02/06/14 at 23:07 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Uruguay will pull out all the stops to deny England

Gus Poyet: Uruguay will pull out all the stops to deny England

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

England face Poyet's nation second in Group D and, dependent on their opening results against Italy and Costa Rica respectively, the match could go a long way to deciding whether they reach the knockout stage.

Poyet, who won 26 caps for Uruguay, feels England's players are 'too nice' and he expects his more ruthless countrymen to make the most of that as they look for a positive result in Sao Paulo on June 19.

"Whatever it is, to stop you, to win the game, we do that and we are proud of that," the Sunderland manager said.

"We will play that game. We won't accept that you are better than us. I won't accept that you are better than me.

"If you're better than me, I will find a way to stop you - I'm not going to accept you're better than me because if I do, I lose.

"Are England too nice? Yes, without a doubt.

"I know that for you a handball on the goal-line is cheating. It's not for us - it's part of the game.

"If I'm the last man and you're running and I pull your shirt and you go down and I get sent off - is that cheating? No, it's not cheating."

Uruguay caused controversy at the last tournament in 2010 when Luis Suarez deliberately prevented a goal with a handball in their quarter-final with Ghana.

Suarez was sent off but the resulting penalty was missed and Uruguay moved on to the semis in a shootout, eventually losing to the Netherlands.

Of that incident, Poyet added: "I know it was massive in England but that's a surprise for us - he saved it, he was sent off, it was a penalty.

"It's worse for us when you do something that no-one sees, like punching someone, but a handball on the goal-line is a handball on the goal-line."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

inners: All of us watching the latest installment of The Daley Blind Hour. This weeks episode was called Sun Kissed In Merseyside, and although it was a bit of a downer, he was splendid to look at.

tk421
Has Di Maria's Spell In England Turned Sour?

I

think Liverpool should start trying alternative therapy now, given that Sturridge's hips and knees are apparently unfathomable to modern medicine. Voodoo, acupuncture, healing oils, rolling in the snow after a hot bath, its all got to be worth a go now.

slideways
Sturridge doubt for run-in

W

ell thats the most one sided, Mourinho ass kissing, Terry loving conlcusions I have ever read. Does Daniel Storey have a tattoo of the Chelsea crest on his calf too? What a plonker.

goonergo
16 Conclusions: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: Cesc Fabregas not in PFA team 'strange'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it is 'strange' that the PFA Team of the Year has no place for Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea captain John Terry: We are definitely not boring

Chelsea captain John Terry claims that nobody will remember their defensive performances in the title run-in.

Javier Hernandez is hard to drop on current form, says Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits Javier Hernandez's starting position is non-negotiable given his current form.

Mail Box

Mail From Fan Who Craves Relegation...

In this case it's a Sunderland fan who just wants to see a clear-out. We also have mails about Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. It's long and it's sexy...

Is This What Arsenal Fans Feel Like?

'It's all well with the short and pretty passes, but we did absolute f*** all up front,' writes one Man United fan. We have mails on Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company