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Luis Suarez: I dreamt of this moment with Uruguay because of all the criticism I've received

Luis Suarez has said his two goals that leave England on the brink of World Cup elimination were something he 'dreamt' about following the criticism he has received.

Having undergone a knee operation last month, there had been concerns over the 27-year-old's participation in Brazil - talk that was fuelled by the fact he was not deemed fit enough to feature in the embarrassing defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday.

However, Suarez returned against England, netting either side of Wayne Rooney's first World Cup goal, to help Oscar Tabarez's side to a vital 2-1 win in Sao Paulo.

Defeat would have left them facing the prospect of World Cup elimination, but the result at the Arena Corinthians means it is England teetering over the precipice.

A draw between Italy and Costa Rica on Friday would confirm the Three Lions' exit, with Suarez unable to stop himself crowing about the result.

"It was one of the best games I've played," he said. "It's an amazing moment for me.

"Maybe a few days ago I thought this wouldn't be possible.

"Before the game too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years.

"This is a very good time for me. I want to see what they think now."

Speaking about his late winning goal, that came just nine minutes after Wayne Rooney's equaliser, the striker said: "I had to keep calm, keep my cool and when I got the ball I just kicked it with my whole heart thinking of all those who have supported me.

"I would like to say thank you to my wife and my two children, my physiotherapist Walter Ferreira and my team-mates."

Suarez was held aloft by his team-mates at the final whistle, admitting afterwards this was a moment he had dreamt of.

"I dreamt this. I'm enjoying this moment, because of all I suffered, the criticism I received. So, there you go."

Despite the elation of victory,  Suarez said he felt the pain of Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard.

His slip is seen as one of the key reasons the Reds' title charge came to an end, while his unfortunate header back to goal allowed Suarez to score the winning goal.

"I told him to keep going," Suarez said. "He's the best player I've played with on the pitch.

"This is an unlucky moment for him. I don't like it when he hurts like this. I said 'Keep going, forget this game, you're one of the best'."

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