Uruguay have a good feeling ahead of World Cup, says Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani believes Uruguay has grown as a team ahead of the World Cup campaign in Russia.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani   -  AFP

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani believes the "good feeling" from supporters can encourage the South American nation during the World Cup with Russia.

The two-time champions fell short of its objectives in Brazil four years ago, falling at the Round of 16 stage, but Cavani says that the growth shown by Uruguay, in the years since, has led to optimism.

Uruguay finished second to Brazil in World Cup qualifying and beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in its warm-up clash on Thursday, taking place just one week before their opening game of Group A against Egypt.

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Speaking after the win against Uzbekistan, Cavani said that the confidence is high as they prepare to make its way to Russia.

"I think all Uruguayans have a good feeling because we have grown as a team and also because we have shown a lot as a team," the striker told reporters.

"People have recognised that over time. I think this good feeling is important because we can feel it from the pitch and sometimes that is what we need to give that little extra in certain moments."

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Cavani started Uruguay's match in Montevideo on Thursday, where goals from Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Luis Suarez and Jose Maria Gimenez saw Oscar Tabarez's side ease to victory.

Uruguay has now won three games in a row heading into the World Cup and has lost just once in its previous nine matches.

La Celeste begins its World Cup campaign on June 15 against Egypt, tackling Saudi Arabia five days later before finishing Group A against host Russia.