Uruguay coach Diego Alonso believes he has the "best players in the world" whose fierce national pride makes them contenders for another World Cup run, as the perennial dark horses gear up for their opening match on Thursday against South Korea.
Alonso said there was excitement and enthusiasm in a team whose preparations were exceptional going into their three matches in Group H, where they also meet Ghana and Portugal.
"Uruguay players are the best in the world, they defend us through thick and thin," Alonso told a news conference on Wednesday.
"That's the most important tool we have is the feeling the Uruguayan players have, how they identify themselves, the sense of belonging they have."
Uruguay World Cup 2022 squad
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Sergio Rochet, Sebastian Sosa
Defenders: Diego Godin, Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Matias Vina, Ronald Araujo, Guillermo Varela, Mathias Olivera, Jose Luis Rodriguez
Midfielders: Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde, Lucas Torreira, Nicolas de la Cruz, Manuel Ugarte, Facundo Pellestri
Forwards: Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Maxi Gomez, Darwin Nunez, Facundo Torres, Agustin Canobbio
What are Uruguay's fixtures?
What is Uruguay's World Cup record?
Uruguay have twice won the World Cup, starting with the inaugural tournament in 1930, when they beat Argentina 4-2 in front of their home fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.
They also won the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, their first tournament since winning the trophy in 1930, when they beat the hosts 2-1 in the final match in Rio de Janeiro.
The furthest Uruguay have gone since is the semi-finals in South Africa in 2010. They finished fourth in that tournament after losing the third-place play off to Germany.
Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon | Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | Ecuador | England | France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | South Korea | Spain | Switzerland | Tunisia | Uruguay | USA | Wales
Uruguay are currently a best price of 40/1 to win the World Cup.