Manager: Oscar Tabarez

World Ranking: 7th

Best World Cup finish: Winners (1930, 1950)

How they qualified: Uruguay missed out on automatic qualification in the CONMEBOL campaign, finishing fifth behind Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador. Tabarez's side went through to an intercontinental play-off where they beat Jordan 5-0 on aggregate.

Fixtures: Costa Rica (14 June), England (19 June), Italy (24 June)


Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Rodrigo Munoz

Defenders:Maximiliano Pereira, Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Martin Caceres, Jorge Fucile

Midfielders:Alvaro Gonzalez, Alvaro Pereira, Walter Gargano, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Diego Perez, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez, Nicolas Lodeiro

Forwards:Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Abel Hernandez, Diego Forlan, Christian Stuani

Expectations: The Copa America champions will have seen their expectations slightly tempered for the short while where Luis Suarez's participation was in doubt. But with the Liverpool star likely to be fit for his country's clash with England on 18 June alongside Edinson Cavani, failure to escape their group will be considered a failure. With an aging defence and a midfield with plenty of bite but perhaps lacking in invention, Uruguay's lethal front pairing supplemented by Diego Forlan, who could be utilised in a deeper role after his heroics in South Africa, will be the ultimate test for any side competing in Brazil this summer.

Star man: Edinson Cavani - After undergoing meniscus cartilage surgery just a few weeks ago Uruguay have spoken positively of Suarez's chances being fully fit for their campaign. If the Liverpool striker's return is delayed slightly longer than planned Tabarez need not worry too much with Edinson Cavani an equally formidable option. After his first season with Paris Saint Germain where he was often forced to take up a wider role in order to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the 27-year-old will be relishing the opportunity to take up the central role that made him one of the planet's most feared striker's once again.

Prediction: Second round - Possessing what is arguably the most fearsome attack in the entire competition, it would come as a great surprise were Uruguay to fail to escape their group. But with one of Spain, Chile or Holland meeting them in the second round, their shortcomings elsewhere on the pitch could ensure an earlier exit than planned.