Suarez and Cavani Are Good Enough to Make Any Starting XI at the World Cup

Dan Colasimone@@ArgentinaFWContributor IMarch 16, 2014

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, left, is congratulated by his teammate Luis Suarez after scoring his side's first goal during the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Uruguay at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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Uruguay are fortunate to have two of the world's premier strikers leading their line at World Cup 2014.

In fact, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are that good that they could conceivably each make any starting 11 in Brazil. 

Considering that La Celeste will field a team full of experienced and tough characters in midfield and defense, they should have a real chance of making it out of a tricky Group D.

England, Italy and Costa Rica will certainly be concerned. 

Liverpool's Suarez has been in sensational form in the Premier League after a delayed start to the season as he served out a suspension.

The 27-year-old appears to be at the peak of his powers. He tops the goal-scoring charts in the English Premier League, and not only is he scoring frequently, he is creating masterpieces on an almost weekly basis.

Some of the goals he has conjured up could only have been scored by two or three players on the planet, and he has created plenty of chances for his teammates over the course of the season as well.

Cavani, meanwhile, is surrounded by superstars at Paris Saint-Germain, yet has still been impressive on his way to notching 14 goals in Ligue 1 and four in the Champions League. 

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Tall, quick and powerful, the former Palermo and Napoli man also has an exquisite touch and a lethal shot.

He is adaptable as well, and though he has the physicality to play as a target man, he has shown in the past he is willing to play in wide positions for Uruguay and work hard for the team.

Taking a look at some of the stronger attacking lineups in the World Cup, it is hard to find one that Suarez or Cavani would not make stronger.

Argentina have arguably the best stable of forwards in international football, and the trident of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero would likely be the hardest for either of the Uruguayans to break up.

Higuain might have trouble holding down his spot, though, if Alejandro Sabella had Suarez or Cavani as an option.

As far as Brazil is concerned, Neymar is a lock but who his strike partner will be at the World Cup is anything but settled. Aside from the Barcelona ace, the Selecao don't have anyone of the class of Uruguay's gifted duo.

Spain played with Diego Costa and Pedro up top in their last friendly international against Italy, and the latter would probably not get the nod over the Liverpool or PSG forwards. 

Other strong sides like France, Italy, England and Germany would love to have either of the proven goal-scorers to call on.

There are numerous elements that need to fall into place for a side to have a successful World Cup campaign, but as far as their attack is concerned, Uruguay could hardly be more blessed.