Former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes that Roy Hodgson’s questioning of Luis Suarez talents fired up the Uruguayan ahead of Thursday night’s clash.

The Three Lions chief made comments in the build up to the game suggesting that he did not see ‘El Pistolero’ as a world class talent as he had not proven himself at a World Cup.

A half-fit Suarez then proceeded to net two goals to leave England pointless after two games and out of the competition heading into their last Group D fixture with Costa Rica.

Fowler believes that Hodgson’s criticism only served to further motivate the Liverpool front-man, and that such talk was “ridiculous” heading into a match of importance:

“Luis Suarez is a great player,” he told talkSPORT. “Roy Hodgson’s criticism will have driven him on. It was ridiculous for him to say Suarez is not world class. There was no need to say that.

“Have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo performed at a World Cup? No, they haven’t. They are still world class though.

“It was a ridiculous and that statement will have driven him, and the whole Uruguay team, on.”

England’s qualification hopes are now gone, with Costa Rica having picked up two wins in two against Italy and Uruguay.

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