Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez said Thursday that he believed Uruguay forward Luis Suarez had matured both as a player and as a person since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
"Suarez has become a more mature player, I have known him for a long time, even before he played in the youth team. He was only 19 then. What happened in Brazil taught him a lesson, he worked on himself not only as a player, but also as a person," Tabarez told reporters.
At the 2014 World Cup Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and was subsequently banned.
Suarez, who is 31, was called up to the Uruguay team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which will last till July 15 with the games set to be played at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.
Two-time champions Uruguay will kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign against Egypt in Yekaterinburg on Friday, before facing Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don on June 20 and hosts Russia in Samara on June 25 in their other two Group A matches.