World Cup - Hart ready for Uruguay test

Joe Hart insists he will be ready to deal with Luis Suarez and the rest of his Uruguay team-mates on Thursday.

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Joe Hart insists he is ready to face Uruguay

England take on Uruguay later this week in what Hart believes is a "do-or-die" match because of Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Italy.

Suarez is back in full training following a knee injury and is expected to start the match at the Itaquerao Stadium.

Suarez enjoyed a prolific year with Liverpool last season, scoring 31 league goals, and Uruguay also have the considerable talents of Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to call upon.

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Hart has been studying videos of all the Uruguay players, though, to make sure he is ready to stop whatever the opposition throws at him on Thursday.

"Dave [Watson, goalkeeping coach] studies the tapes of Uruguay and we are well aware of their strikers and their pattern of finishing," England's number one told TheFA.com.

"We had a lot of sharp shots around the box (in training). We cover in general, but we specify short, sharp shots as they have got a lot of boys who get it out of their feet and bang it."

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England need to beat Uruguay and Costa Rica to guarantee their progression to the knock-out stages.

A draw and a win could be enough for England to qualify, providing other results go their way, but Hart sees Thursday's game as a must-win.

"We've got to win in Sao Paulo," said the 27-year-old, who earned his 41st cap in Manaus.

"We did play well (against Italy) and there were a lot of positives, but the outcome was not want we wanted and it's not what we've come here for.

"We've put ourselves in a do-or-die situation, which we are prepared for. We need to win. We didn't go into the Italian game with any intention of losing - it's done now, we've moved on."

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