Ross Barkley hopes Man Utd target Leighton Baines stays at Everton
Ross Barkley says he "desperately" wants team-mate Leighton Baines to stay at Everton, amid interest from Man Utd.
Last Updated: 29/06/13 3:15pm
"There is pressure on us, but we are confident," Barkley wrote in his column in the Daily Express.
"The spirit is good and our training and preparation is very thorough.
"Peter Taylor, our coach, and his assistants Chris Ramsey and Ugo Ehiogu have been doing a lot of work on keeping the ball and counter-attacking swiftly.
"The fact the match kicks off at 9pm local time - 7pm at home- will benefit us because conditions will be more like what we are used to.
"Egypt have lost both their games and I expect them to try to put us under pressure early on, which makes it all the more important for us to control possession."
England U20s have been accused of wastefulness and Barkley admits their failure to finish off opponents has cost them thus far.
"No one here is ready to come home," he added.
"We have to look at ourselves as players as to the reasons why we are in this position and make sure we learn and improve our performances.
"We should have beaten Iraq and in the last half-hour against Chile, we created enough chances to win.
"The brutal truth is that the whole team hasn't been clinical enough in front of goal."