Scholes: Roy Hodgson taking a risk in questioning Suarez quality
Paul Scholes believes Roy Hodgson is playing a risky game with his recent remarks about Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.
After the 2-1 defeat to Italy, England manager Hodgson declined to accept one reporter's view that Suarez should be termed a "world-class" player like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Hodgson said Suarez had to perform at a World Cup to be put in the highest bracket.
And given that England face Uruguay in their crunch Group D match on Thursday, Scholes believes Hodgson is playing with fire.
"Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Suarez is world-class yet and challenged him to do it at the highest level," Scholes said.
"This can be a dangerous thing: ask David Moyes. Before Everton played Liverpool in October 2012 I remember David Moyes had a pop at Suarez about his diving. A few days later Suarez celebrated a goal by diving in front of Moyes in the dug-out."
If England do not win, they will have to rely on other results going their way to qualify from Group D.
England's final group game takes place next Tuesday against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.