4/23/2018 6:46:53 PM (GMT+3)

I can't forget our quarterfinal win against Ghana in South Africa: Forlan

I can

Currently playing in Hong Kong, where he has been banging the goals in for Kitchee, Diego Forlan spoke to FIFA.com on Uruguay’s chances, influence of Luis Suarez, his role as a fan and the contenders for the Trophy.

How does it feel after all these years not to be pushing for a place in the Uruguay team ahead of the World Cup?

It’s different but it’s not something that’s happened overnight. That would have made it harder. When Brazil 2014 ended I knew it was going to be very hard for me to make it to Russia. That’s how I came to terms with it. When the tournament starts and I’m watching it I’m obviously going to wish I was playing. But I’ve played in three of them and I had a great tournament in 2010. I wouldn’t swap that for the chance to play again. It was an amazing experience.

If you had to choose one moment to remember from all those tournaments, which one would it be and why?

On a team level, I’d have to pick the win against Ghana in South Africa (in the quarterfinals in 2010). It was a game we almost lost but ended up winning on penalties, amazingly. And on a personal note I’d have to go for the end of that World Cup, when I won the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament and finished among the highest scorers.

Is there anything you miss about the national team?

To be honest, there isn’t. Retiring from international football was a personal decision, and I was very sure about what I was doing. I played for my country for more than ten years and there were highs and lows. It was a fantastic experience, though, and the most wonderful thing is that it ended well. If it hadn’t, then I might be sitting here saying how much I’d love to come out of retirement. There’s no bitter taste, though.

What is Forlan the Uruguay fan like? Passionate? Laid-back?

I’m calm when I watch games. I have every confidence in the national team and the players. That’s how it was in the qualifiers, except when the team dropped a few points and things looked like they might get tricky. But I could see they were going to be fine. We qualified easily enough, which was quite an achievement. Now we’ve got the World Cup coming up and I’m pretty relaxed because I know the coaching staff, I know how they go about things and I know everything the players do in giving their all for the shirt. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to win the World Cup, but I hope we do.

One of those players is Luis Suarez. How important is he to the current side?

Luis, Godin and Cavani are all players who’ve been in the national team for a long time. They’re very important. Suarez is very strong physically and he can really handle himself. He’s a great goal scorer, but he’s also setting up a lot more goals these days too. Going to Barcelona has helped him improve a lot in that respect. His vision's getting better all the time, and he can play in different ways too: one way for the national team and another for Barcelona.