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England's young guns ready to fire


ENGLAND'S NEWEST young star, Ross Barkley has said he hopes the team go for attack in their group games against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

The Everton midfielder has attracted even more plaudits following his lively substitute performances in England's warm-up friendly games.

Barkley said: “It's very important when you go into a tournament, to set the tone in the first game. You have got to start with a good result, go into the game prepared and looking to win the game.

“With all the big-name players it's going to be a big test playing against Uruguay but if we get a good result against Italy we can take confidence into the second game. We need to be positive throughout the group stage.”

While some are calling for him to start against the Italians, it is likely he will start the tournament on the bench; with Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson ahead of him in the pecking order.

Even though this is his first senior tournament in his breakthrough season, the 20-year-old clearly has confidence in his own ability and appears comfortable around the more established England squad members.

He told his club website: “I will learn a lot. I went to the World Cup with the under-20s last summer and I learned a lot there -- about the [tournament] environment, playing against the big countries.

“I've never been to South America, [I will learn about] the temperatures, preparing for games, being away from home; it will be a good learning curve for me and a great experience. After every tournament I feel I have learned something and I come back wanting to progress.'”

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