Everton star's double disappointment
By Toffees reporter
Wednesday 16 Jun 2010 23:53:00
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Leighton Baines has told of his bitter disappointment at missing out on the World Cup – and at reports which claimed he said he’d be worried about being homesick.

Baines was in Fabio Capello’s squad of 30 but didn’t make the final 23, with Stephen Warnock preferred as left-back cover for Ashley Cole. Baines was angered when he says he was misquoted over the prospect of missing his family.

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Baines said: ‘I must admit it was a massive disappointment and something of a surprise even though, like most of the lads in the squad, I knew full well that I wasn’t guaranteed a place.

‘But we all knew that 30 would become 23 and the seven of us who got the bad news just had to accept the manager’s decision. I was feeling low because I knew I hadn’t played my best against Mexico and I spoke to a reporter I know about how the game had gone.

‘At the end of the conversation I was asked if I was missing the family while we were away, and I said I was but that it’s all part and parcel of being a footballer.

‘I also stressed that the team spirit with England was brilliant and that all the lads helped each other. I’m not embarrassed to admit that being away from the family is difficult at times but I’m not the only player who feels that. It’s natural when you’ve got a young family and you’re away from home for long spells so I was shocked when I read some of the reports that later surfaced.’

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