World Cup Team Preview: Uruguay

South American giants Uruguay will be hoping to cause a few upsets in Russia as one of the dark horses in the battle for the World Cup title.

La Celeste has a rich history in the World Cup as they are the first nation to ever win the trophy, albeit on home soil in 1930 when they only needed to win four games to lift the silverware.

They also won the tournament 20 years later in Brazil, winning three of their four fixtures.

Uruguay qualified for the 2018 edition of the competition after finishing second in the CONMEBOL qualification group, which Brazil won.

They are not counted among the favourites for the tournament but have the firepower to beat anyone on their day.

They go into their final international friendly clash, against Uzbekistan, having gone six games unbeaten. They beat Wales, Czech Republic, and Bolivia in their last three outings.

With the likes of strikers Luis Suarez (Barcelona) and Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) leading their line, Uruguay will be feared by their fellow Group A competitors, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

The South Americans are expected to top their group and will be eager to improve on their last World Cup campaign, which resulted in a defeat to Colombia in the last-16 in Brazil.

Uruguay squad:

Goalkeepers: Martin Campana (Independiente), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama)

Defenders: Martin Caceres (Lazio), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Guillermo Varela (Penarol)

Midfielders: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey)

Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona)

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